Mimi & Stevie J Dish on 'Love & Hip-Hop In Atlanta'

Mimi & Stevie J Dish on 'Love & Hip-Hop In Atlanta'

The stars of the Vh1 hit open up about their relationship and the difficulty of having their life played out on primetime TV

by Amber McKynzie [A. KAY], July 31, 2012

Mimi & Stevie J Dish on 'Love & Hip-Hop In Atlanta'

Stevie J and Mimi Faust

Photo courtesy of VH1

Cool J, licking lips thing while he scrunches his face when he knows he messed up. What’s going on with all that?

Mimi: I really don’t have words. I swear I don’t. I don’t even know who this person is. Who are you? This is not the man that I laid down and had a child with. This face making jerk ya’ll see, I’m trying to figure out who he is too. SO when you find out who he is, you let me know?

EBONY: What’s been the hardest part about doing this show for you?

Mimi: It would have to be living it and then reliving it for 10 weeks. I had to live it in real life and now I have to relive it again and again.

EBONY: Watching the show as it’s aired since day one, would you have been more hesitant to do the show?

Mimi: [Laughs]. Absolutely. Had I known everything I knew today, I really don’t know if I would have made that choice. It’s been very enlightening all across the board, so that ends it.


EBONY: Did you know what was going to happen on the show? Were you prepped on what the cameras were aiming to capture?

Stevie J: Well, I had a vision; I had a perspective. Let’s say it that way. I kind of want [the show] to put it out there on front-street, and show just a different perspective from a guy like me. I don’t fit the mold of the industry standard kind of dude. When I think, tables turn a little bit.

EBONY: Alright. So let’s talk about one of you’re the episode that aired two weeks ago, when Mimi ran over your boxes of your clothes and shoes. What’s the first thing that went through your head?

Stevie J: She was crushing my Louis Vuittons and my Versaces. I didn’t like that. If she was gonna crush them she might as well have given them to Goodwill, keep ’em at the crib or give ’em to somebody else. She didn’t have to do all that.

EBONY: What happened at the restaurant when Joseline told Mimi about the pregnancy? Why didn’t you tell her first?

Stevie J: At the end of day, it was a conversation I thought I should’ve had with Joseline before she met with Mimi. That through me for a loop, but once again, you got to be on point and be ready for anything, especially when your life is being filmed. I was thrown in the fire, and I had to come out pure gold.

EBONY: What possessed you to pull Joseline’s pregnancy test out, and why was it in your pocket?

Stevie J: That scene took place about 15 minutes after the scene when I just got the test. It’s like, am I supposed to just throw it away? After that it was like, ‘Damn, this is what’s going down? [I] got to let [my] girl know about…all this.’ It [wasn’t] like, ‘Let me just keep this and let me frame this. Let me put this joint on eBay or something.’ Nah. [When] I walked up out of there, I got in my car, drove off and threw that joint out the window. It’s not like I was going to save that joint or rock it as medallion or nothing.

EBONY: So what was your first reaction when Joseline told you she was pregnant?

Stevie J: I didn’t know what to think. All the worked that we put into get this project rolling, all the time that I put in to get into the studio and get her to become the artist she was becoming, was it all for that? Was it a waste of time? I know I just felt her telling me that she wasn’t ready to take on that responsibility. Being in a position she’s in, I just wanted to give her an option. What’s important to me is to help her succeed in life rather than help her deal with a child.

EBONY: After Joseline’s trip to the “doctor,” she asked you, “Do you love me Stevie?” You just kissed her on the forehead. Why not just tell her no?

Stevie J: When you’re around a person every day in the studio, when you at rehearsal with somebody, when you at artistry development with somebody, you kind of catch feelings for them. Joseline became a close friend of mine…then we were in a physical relationship. Do I love her? Of course, I got love for her. I have a tremendous amount of love for her.

EBONY: What’s your relationship with Joseline now? Strictly business?

Stevie J: We’re running around and we’re going to scrape up everything that’s on the table. We don’t want to stop. I push that on button and she’s like, ‘Solider, it's on. I don’t want it off. Let’s just go.’


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