Our girl Teairra is gonna be in Missouri doing a couple appearances check out the flyers below for times & etc.
Love & Hip Hop can make reality stars out of newcomers, aspiring to get in the game but for R&B singer Teairra Mari, she’s hoping to show people a different side of her and revitalize her music career. Since the premiere of Love & Hip Hop Hollywood, Teairra has fought with on-again, off-again boo Ray J, had the tattoo of his name “removed” from her side and burned bridges with her bestie Hazel E.
VH1 recently caught up with Teairra about plastic surgery, her choice to come to reality TV and why Ray J is just wack.
Teairra, what’s the transition to reality TV been like? To be honest, you seem a bit turnt up so far.
Teairra: You know, I’m a rebel with a cause, ok? Cause I don’t just turn up for no reason, you know, like I have to be pushed to that point, and you’ll see this season that you know, in every instance that I was definitely provoked. Not saying that that’s the way I should handle myself all the time, and I do regret some of my turn ups but I don’t regret them all. But I’m not like that all the time, I’m not angry, I’m not bitter but you know, but people have been picking with me a little bit.
Do you feel like people were trying to make you go off, trying to make you a villain and trying to get you to be ratchet?
Teairra:I think they were definitely trying to pick and pick and pick because a lot of my cast mates know me better than anybody, including Ray J. He knows exactly which buttons to push to get a certain reaction and he’s not new to reality TV, so he knows that those reactions are always loved. He knows that people turn to reality TV for those reactions so he definitely knew what buttons to push and he did and he even involved his little scalawag of a girlfriend.
You and Ray J have been involved with one another for a while, so when Love & Hip Hop came around did you have a conversation, like “we’re not together, but we’re going to do this show and air our dirty laundry?”
Teairra: It’s the craziest thing in the world! We did not have a conversation. I heard there were talks that he was going to join the cast as well. It was just crazy because I’m like, “Oh my God, shit is gonna come out!”
Who do you think is gonna rival like a Joseline or Erica Mena as the new Ratchet Queen? Is it gonna be you or one of these other ladies?
Teairra: Oh God, it might be me!
Last wednesday Teairra Mari attended the 6th annual ASCAP presents women behind the music series in Los Angeles, which honors and recognizes women in the music community. K.Michelle from Love and Hip Hop was one of the women honored at this event. Check out photos of a stunning Teairra in our gallery:
Teairra Mari has emerged at the center of one of the brightest flashpoints in the new season of Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood, with her relationship with Ray J setting sparks fly as the two fell apart in shocking ways. Three episodes into the new season, sites like Jezebel are already calling her “the best and worst part” of the show, with her drama—screaming matches, drink-throwing incidents, general confrontations—taking over the spotlight.
But Teairra Mari is also trying to reclaim her drifting music career, working with a slew of writers and producers to put out a full project, which so far doesn’t have a name. As LHHH gears up for its fourth episode and gets really into the swing of things, XXL spoke to Teairra Mari about Ray J, reality television and what to expect from her new music. —Interview by Miranda Johnson
XXL: I remember you on Love & Hip Hop NY a while back. Was this spinoff something that was planned all along?
Teairra Mari: It wasn’t. It just came about at a crazy time for me. I had just broke up with Ray. Me and Hazel were going through our things. It’s just crazy. God works in mysterious ways. That’s a real statement because the timing was just dead on for all my freaking drama to be aired.
I must say that it wasn’t really known that you and Ray J had such a lengthy relationship. It went on for so many years.
Yeah we did, but he’s dead to me now. I love him like a black widow. I thought that was the perfect song that they played [on the premiere].
When did you guys actually start dating?
Shit, we started dating like nine years ago. It’s just been off and on since then. He’s just one of those ones for me. He’s done me wrong in the past and I always go back to him. Not anymore. You can’t date somebody who’s not alive.
Were you and Ray J trying to keep your relationship on the low or was it something that just never really got out?
It was something that just never got out. We weren’t trying to keep it on the low. We would go out together and have fun together. This last go-round, it kind of got out. The paparazzi had caught us a couple of places and we went to the BET Awards together. We didn’t really care anymore.