After the successful 1.9 million viewers debut, Emily Bustamente of VH1′s “Love & Hip Hop” sits down to dish the details on the new series and her life with Hip Hop star Fabolous.
When people think of the Hip Hop life, they think of the players – the men who shape the music and the blinged-out lifestyle that comes with success. The fact is, the Hip Hop life is different for the women involved: the spouses, girlfriends or artists trying to define themselves in a world where men are still calling the shots. VH1’s new 8-part docu-soap series “Love & Hip Hop” follows four dynamic women who’re connected to the world of Hip Hop, whether it’s through the men they love or through their struggle to be heard as artists. Emily Bustamente, Fabolous’s longtime girlfriend, gives an exclusive interview about her role on the show and her Fabolous life.
HHW: What will people learn about the series?
EMILY: They’ll learn that all that glitters isn’t gold. On the promos, people got concerned because they saw me crying, and they were wondering what was wrong; they didn’t know what I was going though. It was difficult because I was asked questions I never answered before, and I didn’t know how to handle it.
What about your family and friends?
You never know what goes on behind closed doors, and for me to expose that to the world, people were shocked. On the outside, everything looks wonderful; they see Bentleys, you’re living good, and people don’t know about the emotional hardships. Everyone has issues in their relationships, I just chose to talk about them on camera, which a lotta people aren’t willing to do. People are shocked that I went there, but I’m better today because of it.
What about Fabulous? What did he say about you crying?
(Laughs) It’s funny because we don’t talk about the show. He saw the show and he felt bad. We’re in a good place. He didn’t know I was going through some of these things. He now sees what I’ve gone through and that I was struggling. I look like a cry baby on an episode, but I’m better now.
This show can help people who are involved with entertainers and celebrities. I’m like anybody else – I’m human and have feelings. Money and fame won’t overpower feelings; we are human at the end of the day. He’s a man. He’s a human – he’s made mistakes; I’m not making any excuses for him, but he’s been in the business since he was 18 years old, and he’s grown up in the spotlight. Now he’s older and has a family. Me and Fab have been together since I was 21 – I’m 30 now. We’ve grown up together and we’ve gone through things. It’s not easy; it’s just like anyone else’s relationship, except with a little more drama (laughs).
You’re Fabolous’ stylist, too aren’t you?
Yes. He’s my main client, and he’s my favorite client. I know what he wants and what he looks good in. He’s very fashionable, and people look to him for the latest trends. He’s my muse. I try different things on him and he’s open to trying things. We work together. I’ve styled his last 12 videos. We have a great working relationship. When I’m on set, I’m not his baby’s mother or girlfriend, I’m the stylist. I keep it professional because I wanna keep my position.