Jun 15, 2019

The Real Reason Swizz Beatz Married Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz’s love story is far from traditional. Things got off to a very rocky start and their public battles with Swizz’s ex-wife Mashonda Tifrere only made things more difficult. In the end, they were able to find a harmonious balance for the sake of their blended family.

Here’s the truth about Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz’s relationship.

He was 'so annoying'

When they first met, Alicia was 16 and Swizz was 17, and a friend of theirs that went to the producer’s high school introduced them. Alicia told Marie Claire U.K. that she wasn’t interested in him at first. She said, “Everything with him is really over the top. I used to see him and think, 'He is so annoying.'"

Years later, their paths crossed again, and she started to see Swizz in a different light. There was just one little issue: he was married to someone else.

A messy marriage

Swizz and Mashonda Tifrere reportedly began dating in 1998. In 2000, their first pregnancy resulted in a stillbirth. That same year, Swizz welcomed his son, Prince Nasir, with his side chick, a woman named Nichole Levy. Despite his infidelity, he and Mashonda got married in 2004, and in 2006, Mashonda gave birth to their son, Kasseem Dean Jr.

Conflicting stories

He and Alicia were rumored to have started dating in 2008. At that time, he was still married to Mashonda. Swizz claimed they were separated, but Mashonda told a different story. Not only did she say that she and Swizz were still being intimate each and every day, but in 2009, she hopped on Twitter (via Rap-Up) to accuse Alicia of destroying her family.  

Swizz comes clean

Swizz and Alicia kept quiet about their romance up until Swizz hopped on Drake’s “Best I Ever Had” remix. In the lyrics, he raps: “Wake up in the morning and my baby cooked me breakfast, A’s naked wearing nothing on but a necklace.”

He later told the New York Daily News that the lyrics were fictional, but he finally confessed that Alicia was the woman in his life. He said he had to keep their relationship under wraps because he didn’t want to aggravate Mashonda.

More baby news

In April 2008, Swizz and Mashonda moved forward to end their marriage. That following month, Russian-born singer Zhanna Sebastian gave birth to a child that was presumed to be Swizz’s. They failed to establish the paternity of the child, so Swizz moved forward with making things official with Alicia.

In May 2010, Alicia announced she and Swizz were engaged and she was expecting his baby. They got married in a private ceremony in Corsica in July 2010, and Alicia gave birth to their son, Egypt, that October.

She was there when he established paternity

Before they could celebrate their one-year anniversary, Swizz flew to London with Alicia by his side. He took a paternity test for his alleged love child he fathered with singer Zhanna Sebastian, and it was determined that Swizz was indeed the father of her three-year-old daughter, according to Page Six.

Despite his messy past, their wedded bliss continued, and Alicia gave birth to Swizz’s fifth child in 2014, a boy named Genesis.

The key to their happy marriage

In celebration of their eighth anniversary, Swizz said the key to their happy marriage is that they never argue. He told Cultured Mag that they never even raise their voices at each other. Swizz said that where he is weak, Alicia is strong, and they fit perfectly together.

A spiritual connection

Swizz told MTV News that his relationship with Alicia was a blessing. He said that their union was connected spiritually and what they have together is much stronger than just love, it was something so amazing that he can’t even describe. In the end, he said Alicia makes him a better man.

He professed his love in a unique way

Swizz is so in love with his wife that sometimes, it’s hard for him to express his emotions. In some instances, it’s easier for him to show how much he loves her. During an interview with Wendy Williams, Alicia said her favorite gift Swizz ever gave her was a tattoo of her face on his body.  

Mending the relationship with his ex

Even though their relationship started off rocky, things are much calmer for the pair and their blended family. They’ve even made amends with Swizz’s first wife Mashonda. When Mashonda published her book entitled Blend, Alicia and Swizz were right there to help her promote it.

While chatting with ABC’s Nightline, Alicia said she and Mashonda are now closer than ever. They go to dinner together, they vacation together as one big happy family, and they’re now at the point where they even love each other.

With all parties involved now in a much better place, is it easier to understand why Swizz fell in love and married Alicia? Leave your answer down below!

Jun 13, 2019

The Real Reason Ray J Married Princess Love

Ray J has always been known as a ladies man, but he made an effort to clean up his act when he met Princess Love. Even though they’ve had their fair share of ups and downs, Ray J has flourished personally and professionally ever since Princess came into his life.

Here’s the real reason Ray J fell hard for Princess Love.

Their first meeting was a flop 

After troublesome relationships with Kim Kardashian and Teairra Mari, Ray J first came in contact with Princess Love when she was dating boxer Floyd Mayweather. Ray, who was in an on-again, off-again relationship with Teairra at the time, was also affiliated with Floyd’s TMT crew.

A mutual friend introduced them, and Princess told Yahoo Lifestyle that Ray J was looking at a magazine and didn’t even bother to look up and greet her. When they ran into each other a second time, Ray J said he immediately realized she was “The One.”

Princess felt the same way. She told Yahoo! Lifestyle that she felt so comfortable around him, and then one night, everything between them changed.

They found love on New Year's Eve

It was at a New Year’s Eve celebration that things between them went to the next level. Princess said the look in Ray J’s eyes let her know that they were no longer friends and he wanted to pursue a relationship. When Princess linked her arm through his, Ray J said he knew their relationship was going to last.

Mutual appreciation 

Before they even hit the two-year mark in their relationship, Ray J showed his love for his new girlfriend by showering her with expensive gifts. He bought her a Bentley Continental convertible and a bunch of handbags and designer shoes.

During an interview with Hot 97, Ray J called Princess the love of his life. He also admitted that he had never been that invested in a one-on-one relationship. It wasn’t difficult for him to fall in love with her. He told Ebro of Hot 97, "When I wake up, I got bacon and eggs on the table." He added, "He likes to make sure that I'm happy."

Two engagements

Ray J was so in love with Princess, he proposed to her twice. For the first proposal, he gave her a ring without properly asking for her hand in marriage. A few months later, he pulled out all the stops to do things the right way.

According to Yahoo! Lifestyle, during a trip to Arizona, Ray was helping Princess carry her stuff to the private jet. When she turned around, he was down on one knee and holding the biggest rock she had ever seen: an 8-carat diamond engagement ring.

She has brains & beauty 

Born to Filipino and African-American parents, Princess was raised in Oakland but later moved to Austin, Texas. After finishing high school, she graduated from both Texas Southern University and the International Academy of Design & Technology.

She always knew she wanted to make a living in the fashion industry, but she took a different route to pursue her dreams. She began modeling for urban magazines and had a brief career as a dancer in Las Vegas. After meeting Ray J, she left dancing behind and is now following his lead to become an entrepreneur by launching a makeup collection.

She's okay with an alternative lifestyle 

Ray J is well aware of her past as a dancer, and they still hit up clubs together from time to time. Princess even said during a radio interview she doesn’t mind inviting other women into their home. She simply demands that if Ray wants to hook up with someone else, she prefers that they do it together.

This may sound unconventional to most people, but at least it works for them.

She & their daughter changed everything

It’s not just Princess who has changed Ray J’s life. Their daughter Melody Norwood deserves some credit as well. The singer and businessman told Vibe the ladies in his life have taught him how important women are in society and “how much you should respect them and embrace them in a very positive way.”

What’s next? 

They now have plans to take over the world. Ray J told OK magazine in 2018 that they want to move to London in the near future. Even though their businesses are based in the States, they want to expand to the UK because of the endless opportunities that are there. He also wants his wife and daughter to have a peaceful and happy life away from Hollywood.

There’s no doubt he can afford to have houses all over the world. He cut a $31 million distribution deal with Cowboy Wholesale to expand a line of electronics gear and lifestyle products for his company, Raytroniks, according to Venture Beat.

He also has his line of Scoot-E-Bikes that many of his celebrity friends can’t stop raving about. In 2009, Scoot-E-Bikes partnered with LOOPShare for an unspecified amount of money. In 2019, the budding business mogul invested $5 million in a cannabis company that will sell marijuana joints called "Ray Jays," according to TMZ.

Ray J went from being known as Brandy’s little brother to becoming a husband, a father, and a business mogul. His growth can’t be denied, but do you think he would’ve been as successful without Princess by his side? Leave your answer down below!

Jun 11, 2019

RHOA Tanya Sam Gives an Update After Terrifying Car Accident

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Real Housewives of Atlanta‘s Tanya Sam is “back in the swing of things” following a terrifying car accident while riding in an Uber Black. Tanya was accompanied by her fiancĂ©, Paul Judge, when another vehicle T-boned their Uber.

Tanya told People magazine:

“In the movies, time slows down and it truly slowed down. I could see the car coming. I could feel our speed, and my brain is going ‘We are not going to clear this car!’ I remember starting to scream and BAM!” 

Tanya said her Uber "bulldozed" through the other car, leaving it "pretty much totaled and completely wrecked.”

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Paul only suffered from back pain, and the other passengers in both cars were left visibly uninjured. Tanya experienced a swollen and achy stomach, but she brushed off the symptoms.

When she began feeling tired and dizzy, she took an Airborne, thinking she had maybe caught a sickness while traveling.

The next day, after leaving the Wearable Art Gala, things got worse.

"I got back to my hotel and started vomiting,” she said. “I panicked for a minute. My husband was holding my hair and he was like, ‘Maybe it’s food poisoning.’ And I’m a nurse — nurses are the worst patients because they’re always like, ‘This isn’t a big deal,’”

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Less than an hour later, she noticed blood in her stool and rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where doctors diagnosed her with intestinal and gastrointestinal bleeding, along with an acute trauma injury.

Even though the seatbelt was likely the reason for her injuries, she doesn't regret having it on.

“When we started that Uber ride, we weren’t wearing our seat belts and then I was like, ‘Babe, let’s put on our seat belts,'" she said. “Ten minutes later we got into the accident.”

After spending two days in the hospital, Tanya says she's feeling much better. Yas!

As we previously reported, Tanya was asked back to appear in Season 12 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta. They've already started filming (without NeNe Leakes), but there's no word on whether Tanya's accident will be included in her storyline.

Get well soon, girl!

Jun 10, 2019

Former RHOBH Paul Nassif Gets Engaged

Former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' cast member and Botched star Paul Nassif has found love again after being Adrienne Maloof's punching bag for so many years. Paul and his new boo, Brittany Pattakos, got engaged on June 1. He shared his engagement news a few days later in an Instagram video, along with the caption, “This weekend I found out I get to spend the rest of my life with my soul mate. 6.1.19. #SheSaidYes.” Aww!!

Paul became known as one-half of "The Bickerson" as he and his then-wife Adrienne were seen squabbling over the pettiest things on almost each and every episode of RHOBH. When Paul filed for divorced in 2012, no one was even surprised. That man tapped out after 10 years of marriage and we don't blame him.

Adrienne has also moved on to date a bunch of younger men, including Rod Stewart's son, Sean Stewart, and Anheuser Busch beer heir, Jacob Busch. Get (even more) money, Adrienne!

...and congrats to Paul and Brittany!

Jun 9, 2019

Young Buck's Sad Life Story

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We all know Young Buck from being apart of Cash Money Records and G-Unit. But there’s much more to the Nashville rapper’s life that many of his fans are unaware of.

Here’s the sad truth about Young Buck’s life.

Early years

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Born on March 15, 1981, as David Brown, Young Buck, and his family moved around a lot, from North Nashville to the southern part of the city, to the South Seven Projects. He brought Nashville Scene out to one of his childhood homes and discussed just how rough his early years were. When he was 8-years-old, he started pumping gas at a local gas station, and when he turned 9, he began cutting his neighbors’ yards for extra money.

As he got older, he found even more creative ways to make money. But because he put his focus on making a living for himself when he was just a child, he dropped out of school in the ninth grade. 

Getting started with rap 

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He began rapping at the age of 12 and after creating some buzz in his city, he caught the attention of Cash Money Records. When he turned 16, he moved to New Orleans, but he never signed with the label. He became affiliated with Juvenile’s UTP movement, though he wouldn't sign with that label, either, he told The Breakfast Club.

His career wasn't started off the way he had planned, Maybe his career didn’t start off the way he had planned it, but he was determined to make his dreams come true.

A change of plans 

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After leaving UTP, he returned to Nashville and put all of his focus on music, but he also needed a way to make ends meet so he took to the streets. In an interview with Nashville Scene, Buck said that in 2000, a guy kicked in his door, and he was shot in a deal gone wrong. He was rushed to Vanderbilt Hospital, and it was at that moment that he decided to make a choice: either he would focus on music or he would hustle in the streets.

He chose to focus on making it big in the music industry, but his journey to fame included a lot of hurdles.

Beef with 50 

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He was still on friendly terms with Juvenile, and that relationship led him to meet up with 50 Cent. He signed with G-Unit Records, and before he knew it, he was beefing with 50. Things really escalated when Buck told Yo! MTV Raps in a March 2008 interview that G-Unit had never given him a royalty check.

That following month, 50 went on Hot 97 radio show and kicked Buck out of G-Unit. Despite the tension, Buck contractually owed the record label two more albums, and 50 made it clear that he had no intention of ever releasing the music. Without new music being released, Buck was unable to perform and make money.

He said, “[50 Cent wants] to pretty much destroy my life from a silent-sided way of doing things. That's his angle, and my contracts allow him to be able to do that."

Buck resorted to releasing free mixtapes on his own label, Cashville Records, in order to stay connected with his fans. But his mixtapes weren’t paying the bills, so he relied on touring to make an income. He has seen his crowd sizes dwindle down from thousands of people to sometimes just twenty, but that doesn’t deter him. He said, “Whoever is there, I treat 'em as if it was 100,000." 

Shunned by his crew 

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Long before 50 went on the radio and kicked Buck out of G-Unit, the rapper says 50, Tony Yayo, and Lloyd Banks had already ostracized him. They began touring without him, and 50 allegedly withdrew all effort promoting Buck's second album, Buck the World.

Throughout the years, many artists have asked Buck to be featured on their songs, but 50 has the power to deny each and every collaboration. Buck said, “If it wasn't for that I would probably be on every record that's out right now, cause everybody and their mama reaches out and gives me support."

The ultimate betrayal 

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While being blackballed by his own crew, Buck decided to reach out to 50 in a conversation that 50 recorded and plastered all over the internet. In the audio, Buck gets choked up and begs to stay in the group. He also cites problems paying his taxes. Buck later said he was hurt that 50 would use that moment as a way to embarrass him. Buck added, "It was real. It was me speaking from the heart to what I thought was my brother." 

Abandoned by Dr. Dre & Eminem

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His friendship with 50 Cent isn’t the only relationship that has been strained. At the 2004 Vibe Awards, a brawl erupted when a man lunged at Dr. Dre as he was about to get his lifetime achievement award. The scene was edited from the footage that aired on TV, but Buck was accused of stabbing a man named Jimmy James Johnson.

The man was hospitalized and suffered a collapsed lung. Buck reportedly fled the scene with Dr. Dre, Eminem, and the rest of their crew. He would later plead no contest and was ordered to serve three years of probation, according to Billboard.

Even though Buck put his life and freedom on the line when he came to Dre’s defense, he told Vibe magazine that he tried to reach out to both Dre and Eminem, but neither of them wanted to have anything to do with him following that incident.

 In 2018, it appeared that they had patched things up when Buck announced Dre would be the executive producer of his new album. But buck later deleted the announcement from his Instagram. 

He lost it all 

Since becoming a public figure, he has faced multiple stints behind bars, and the Straight Outta Cashville artist lost almost everything after failing to pay taxes on a $1 million advance we received from G Unit. He was forced to file for bankruptcy, and during a liquidation auction, his jewelry, TVs, recording equipment and album plaques were sold to the highest bidder. Even Buck’s trademarked name was sold in the auction, according to Hip Hop DX. He was able to buy back some of his items, including his beloved 615 chain.

More rumors

In 2018, a viral video posted by a hacked account claimed to show Buck involved in an act with a transgender woman named Glamour Purfek. Even though the emcee took to his Instagram to deny the allegations and clear his name, and Glamour Purfek later said her account was hacked and the allegations weren't true, Buck is still taunted online about the incident. But he did manage to receive some much-needed support from Mister Cee who has also been plagued by similar rumors.

Dedicated to music

He has recorded hundreds of thousands of songs, and many of them have been unreleased. Music is his entire life, and he admitted he records about five records per day and he rarely misses a day to hop in the booth. He’s working tirelessly to bring new music to his fans and even posted a new music video in may 2019, but it wasn’t long before 50 reportedly filed a claim and the video removed.

Buck still has plans to record and release Straight Outta Cashville 2 in the near future despite all of his personal and financial setbacks.

Are you shocked by Young Buck’s life story? Leave your answer down below!

The Truth About Keyshia Cole's Life Story

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When Keyshia Cole was 13-years-old, she began hanging out in the Bay Area music scene with artists such as Tupac Shakur and MC Hammer. Music became an outlet for her to express her creativity, but if it weren’t from a mysterious gift she received at the age of 20, she wouldn’t be where she is today.

Here’s how Keyshia Cole’s life went from tragic to triumphant.

A dysfunctional childhood

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Before selling millions of records, and long before she appeared on reality shows, such as The Way It Is and Love & Hip Hop Hollywood, Keyshia Cole grew up in a situation that was far from glamorous. Her biological mother, Frankie Lons, had six children by six different men, and Keyshia had no idea who her dad was for most of her life.

When Frankie was unable to care for Keyshia because of her battle with addiction, she was placed into foster care. Eventually, a woman named Yvonne Cole, who was a close friend of the family, adopted Keyshia when she was 2-years-old and raised her as her own.

To this day, Keyshia still has tension with her biological family members. In 2019, she revealed her mom had relapsed again, and she and her sister, Neffe, also exchanged words on social media. They’ve had a very rocky relationship ever since Frankie and Neffe agreed to film a spin-off reality show for BET, and things got even worse when Neffe wrote the 2012 book Price I Paid, which included some of the disagreements she and Keyshia had in the past.

A high school drop-out 

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She attended Fremont High School in the Bay Area, but she didn’t graduate. And once she got a taste of success, she put her education on the backburner. It wasn’t until after she gave birth to her son, Daniel Jr., that she decided it was time to make her education a priority. In a 2015 tweet, she revealed that she was working on obtaining her GED.

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A mysterious gift 

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At the age of 20, Keyshia was in a horrible relationship with a man who was unfaithful. She told the East Bay Times that he had cheated on her, quote, “a million times.” After the first time, she decided to stay with him, but after he kept stepping out on her over and over again, she knew it was time for a change.

Living in poverty and without a high school education meant it wasn’t easy for her to start a new life on her own. But one day, she checked the mail and found a check for fourteen thousand dollars. Keyshia had no idea where the money came from, but it had her name on it. She assumed it had something to do with the government owing her money over the years for when she lived in foster care, or maybe it had something to do with her adoption. She didn’t really care, all she knew was that it was just what she needed to get out of her bad situation.

She spent seven thousand dollars to buy a car, packed her things, and left Oakland behind. She drove straight to Los Angeles and headed right into more trouble.

Legal issues

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Los Angeles is a great place to live if you have dreams of making it big in the entertainment industry, but some people move there and get sucked into the fast-paced lifestyle. Even though Keyshia was determined to become a star, her life took a turn in 2002 when she got locked up for driving under the influence.

According to TMZ, she was placed on probation and was required to attend an alcohol education course, which she completed. But her lawyer forgot to inform the court that Keyshia had completed the required course. Because of her lawyer’s mistake, she was unknowingly on probation for thirteen years, and she didn’t even realize it until a judge put a warrant out for her in 2015 after she got into an altercation at Birdman’s house, but we’ll get into that in a bit.

Thankfully, her lawyer stepped in and finally cleared things up.

Musical success 

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Keyshia lived in Los Angeles for just a few years when all of her hard work finally paid off. She released her debut album The Way It Is in 2005, and it went platinum just eight months later. With success came Grammy nominations, sold-out concerts, a lot of attention from men, and many more horrible relationships…

Bad relationships 

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Keyshia began dating former basketball player Daniel Gibson, and the couple had a son together in 2010. In 2011, they got married, but it didn’t last long after Daniel admitted he had cheated on Keyshia during their marriage.

She filed for divorce in 2014, and that same year, she began secretly dating Birdman of Cash Money Records. She allegedly went to his West Los Angeles condo in the middle of the night and found a woman named Sabrina Mercadel in his home. Keyshia reportedly punched the woman in the face, yanked her hair and clawed her face and mouth with her nails, according to TMZ. She got locked up over the incident, and the woman took her to court in 2017, seeking $4 million dollars in damages. Keyshia skipped out on the court date, and the woman was awarded a default judgment of just over one hundred thousand dollars.

That wouldn’t be the last time one of Keyshia’s relationships took a messy turn. The same year she was ordered to pay the default judgment, she reportedly had a fling with Bow Wow. After their alleged romance went sour, the rapper accused her of egging an expensive vehicle parked outside of his home, but Keyshia denied any wrongdoing.

Finding the missing piece of the puzzle

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For the majority of her life, Keyshia had no idea who her biological father was. At one point, her mom convinced her that her dad was an Italian man named Sal, so Keyshia began telling people she was biracial, which some of her fans weren’t pleased with.

In 2016, a boxing coach named Virgil Hunter was listening to the radio and a Keyshia Cole song came on. He began to wonder if maybe he was Keyshia’s dad because he had a fling with her mom back in the ‘80s. After taking a paternity test, he found out he was the father, and Keyshia took to her social media account to express how happy she was to finally find out the truth after 35 years.

A new chapter

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Even though she filed for divorce in 2014, as of May 2019, Keyshia was still legally married to Daniel Gibson. She’s ready to end things once and for all, but it’s Daniel who’s reportedly making things difficult. The singer took to social media to reveal that her estranged husband was requesting spousal support and full custody of their son, and that’s why their divorce had been stalled.

Even though she’s still legally married, Keyshia has moved on with her life and announced in April 2019 that she’s expecting a baby with a man she’s so in love with, her boyfriend, Niko KhalĂ©.

She spent the majority of her life as the poster child of how the ‘80s drug epidemic ruined so many black families. But at this point, Keyshia is more than a survivor. She’s a fighter, a businesswoman, a wonderful mom, and a success story that deserves some recognition.

Are you surprised by Keyshia Cole’s life story? Leave your answer down below!

Jun 5, 2019

The Real Reason Adrienne Bailon Married Israel Houghton

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Adrienne Bailon’s troubled love life did a complete 180 after she ended her engagement to music executive Lenny Santiago in September 2015. She bounced back and got engaged to gospel artist Israel Houghton in August 2016 after just six months of dating.

Some people were shocked that she moved on so quickly, but she and Israel are convinced that they’re perfect for each other. Here’s the real reason Adrienne fell in love with her husband despite his flaws.

They started as friends 

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After witnessing her parents’ divorce when she was 13, the Cheetah Girls star was determined to never be involved in a loveless marriage, she told Latina magazine. And things with Israel are easy because they were friends for three years prior to dating. She initially tried to hook him up with some of her friends, but they soon realized that there was some intense chemistry between them.

He stands up for her 

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When Adrienne was engaged to her ex, Lenny Santiago, Israel was married to a woman named Maleasa. In a since-deleted February 2016 Facebook post, Israel announced that his and Maleasa’s divorce was finalized and that he committed adultery during their 20-year marriage.

The timing between the end of his marriage and the time he began dating Adrienne was suspicious, but Israel made it clear that Adrienne was not to blame for his marriage coming to an end because she was a woman of integrity and character.

Coming to her defense when she was receiving so much backlash was proof that Israel was serious about her and their relationship. And it wouldn’t take long for him to show the world just how much he was in love with her.

He’s thoughtful 

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Israel went out of his way to make sure his proposal was a magical moment that Adrienne would never forget. He took her to Paris and proposed right in front of the Eiffel Tower. Adrienne also shared a video of her ginormous ring to her Instagram account.

To make the moment even more special, he flew out her family members so they could also be apart of their special day.

She knew what she wanted

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Two months before her November 2016 wedding, Adrienne told Hollywood Today Live (via Christian Post) that she was 33-years-old and she knew exactly what she wanted in a relationship. She was able to find all the qualities she desired in Israel, who she referred to as her best friend.

Their friendship also made it easier for them to get to know each other on a different level. Adrienne said she would say ridiculous things when they would hang out with their mutual friends. She added, ”And he got to know the real me and I love that."

She recorded him, so she knew she could trust him

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In the past, she dated men who didn’t always have good intentions. So Adrienne learned how to put all the men in her life to the test. While dating Israel, she recorded him without his knowledge to find out if he was creeping behind her back.

She told her co-hosts on The Real (via People magazine) that she would turn on the voice memo feature on her phone and would leave her phone in Israel’s car while she shopped inside stores. She said, “I was like, let me see what phone calls he makes. Let me see if he talks to anybody on the phone.” Luckily, she never recorded any incriminating evidence, she only heard him singing worship songs about the Lord.

Maybe she went a little too far to make sure Israel was legit, but at least she found out early on that he was someone she could really trust.

They made the same vow of celibacy

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She knew Israel was “The One” because they shared the same Christian beliefs and values. And in order to start their relationship off on the right foot in God’s eyes, they decided to remain celibate up until their November 2016 wedding in Paris.

She’s ready for more despite his past 

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Aside from the four kids he shares with his ex-wife, Israel allegedly fathered a child with his side piece, a little boy named Kingston who was four-years-old at the time the news broke in 2016. But Israel forgot to mention that he allegedly fathered a second love child two years after Kingston was born, according to My Houston Majic. If you do the math, that would make him a father of six. Wowzers.

Even though she’s a step-mom to six kids, Adrienne is ready to expand their family even further. But she revealed that getting pregnant hasn’t been easy. After less than two years of marriage, she announced an episode of The Real (via People) that she was battling infertility. While Israel has remained supportive throughout it all, Adrienne said she has come to terms that having a child with the love of her life may not happen.

She defied logic 

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Chatting with The Shade Room in 2019, Adrienne said that the love of her life didn’t come in the package she was hoping for. She knew that there were a lot of things wrong with Israel, but she decided to let the Holy Spirit lead the way. She said that she had read all of the damaging stories written about him in the press, but the Lord wouldn’t allow Adrienne to see Israel in a negative light.

Instead, she said God showed her that he was definitely the right man for her. Her husband tells her how beautiful she is each and every day, and even though Israel never wanted to get remarried after his divorce, it was Adrienne’s acceptance of him that made him change his mind.

He gave her permission to leave him

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Their first vacation as a couple was a trip to Mexico, and paparazzi captured photos of the two of them together. The same day the photos were released, they both spent all day deleting negative comments and blocking people on Instagram.

Israel told People magazine that he told Adrienne multiple times that she could walk away from him if it wasn’t worth it. Adrienne described that day as a very troubling time, but she never once questioned her feelings for him. She was in love and there was no turning back.

What do you think about Adrienne and Israel’s love story? Leave your answer down below!