10 Questions For “Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta” Star K. Michelle
How the star is coping with reality TV fame
It’s been a life-changing summer for Memphis, Tenn.’s own K. Michelle. The soul singer-turned-reality star burst onto the mainstream scene this June when the hit show “Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta” premiered on VH1, and she hasn’t looked back since. Although the road to fame had been a bumpy one, with cruel rumors, lawsuits (former Jive Records executive Mickey “Memphitz” Wright Jr. is suing her for defamation of character for remarks she made on the show), and arguments with cast members, K. Michelle is ready to move forward. The R&B star sat down with Loop 21 and revealed her thoughts about her cast mates, regrets and why she’s ready to love again.
Loop 21: Your life has changed so much in the last few months. What has changed most for you since the show premiered?
K. Michelle: The biggest change has really been not being able to do what I want. I took simple things for granted, like going out on my own, and I can’t do that anymore. I also can’t say what I want because if I do the world will know in two seconds. It has been such a transition.
Loop 21: This show seems to have more heat than the original “Love & Hip-Hop” series, what do you think it is about you and your cast members that have people glued to the television every week?
K. Michelle: There are definitely some characters on this show! I think people tune in because they know that we’re a cast that’s always going to be ourselves and we’re not worried about what other people think. In the original “Love & Hip-Hop” cast, they were more reserved, Chrissy was really the only outspoken one. In our show we’re just being who we are and people are entertained.
Loop 21: A lot of reality stars sometimes complain that they don’t like the way they’re perceived or edited on the show. Was there ever a moment in the season that you felt like that?
K. Michelle: No not at all. Viewers saw a part of me, but that’s only a part of my life. Still, there’s nothing fake about it, what they saw was really me.
Loop 21: When the cameras shut off and there are no producers, agents or anyone around, who are you really friends with on the show?
K. Michelle: I’m actually pretty cool with Mimi and I talk to Erica but I’ve always been the type of person who stays to myself.
Loop 21: A lot of people have differences with Mona Scott-Young the show’s executive producer, how is your relationship with her?
K. Michelle: I like Mona a lot; she’s one of my managers. She’s doing her job when it comes down to it. I’m not always happy with everything that happens with the show, but I knew what I signed up for. I knew what I was getting myself into.
Loop 21: Did you ever have a moment when you felt your musical career was over? Did you ever just want to hang it up?
K. Michelle: You know, I didn’t know if my moment had passed, I just didn’t know if I wanted to do it anymore. I certainly had my down days. It’s tough.
Loop 21: What’s your main goal when it comes to your musical career?
K. Michelle: Ultimately I just want to make the best music. I want to touch women and inspire them. To me that’s what’s important. I’m working on an EP that’s hopefully coming out in a few weeks and an album after that.
Loop 21: You’re supposedly dating Ryan Lochte, a number of athletes and rappers. What’s the real story?
K. Michelle: You know, there’s no one person, I’m going around and seeing what’s fit for me. I’ve been scared of love and dating because of my past, but I’m out there now. I’m really paying attention to who’s courting me.
Loop 21: You shared a lot on this season about your past relationships, you got into it with cast members Rasheeda and Karlie and there seems to be some new drama almost every week. Looking back at it now do you have any regrets about everything you’ve done and shared with the world?
K. Michelle: I don’t have any regrets at all. I want people to know that all of that stuff is in my past and I’m ready for people to focus on what’s ahead. I’m really ready to just move forward, I’ve said what I had to say.
Loop 21: People have a perception of you based on the show, but what do you want them to really know about you?
K. Michelle: I want people to know that I’ll always keep it one hundred. I’m an advocate at for people being themselves at all times. I want to encourage others to never be afraid of whom they are. God doesn’t make mistakes when he’s creating us and I want people to remember that.