Love & Hip Hop's Emily B. Talks Fabolous, Infidelity and Fashion
Pynk Magazine's cover girl is focusing on herself these days
Fans of VH1’s hit reality show Love & Hip Hop immediately fell in love with Emily Bustamente, known as Emily B., when we watched her relationship with rapper Fabolous unravel onscreen. Our heart strings pulled when Fab failed to show up at the family photo shoot last season. And on it’s premiere episode this season, Bustamente found out that the father of her three year old son had slept with the newest cast member and model Kim “Kimbella” Vanderhee.
Still, you can’t hold this stylist and soon-to-be designer down. Bustamente finally moved her and her family out of Fab’s house, a sign that perhaps she is setting boundaries (more about that later!), and is in the midst of designing her own wardrobe collection set to debut in Fall 2012.
“That’s my baby. That’s the love of my life,” Bustamente gushed at a recent party in honor of being Pynk Magazine’s cover girl. “That’s what I want to talk about all the time. I’m going to have a collection. It’s going to be affordable, trendy and fun and sexy.”
Loop 21 caught up with Bustamente at her party in New York’s Veranda Restaurant to talk the latest on Love & Hip Hop, if she thinks Fab is really dating Adrienne Bailon--a rumor that just can’t seem to die--and her advice to other heartbroken women.
Loop 21: Congrats on getting the cover of Pynk Magazine! What do you think is your biggest misconception?
Emily B.: Wow...that’ I’m too nice. I’m really not that nice actually. (Laughs) No, I’m just playing. I think people think that I’m too nice and that I don’t have a voice and that I’m not stern enough. But I’m actually very stern...very! I think you’ll get to see a little bit more of that toward the end of the season.
Loop 21: Any hint?
Emily B.: There’s some more drama. We just finished--actually they just asked me to film this weekend. So we haven’t even finished filming so it’s a lot more to come. We haven’t even really ended it yet. ...We’ve been filming since June. It’s been a lot.
Loop 21: Tell me about your relationships with the women on the show. Chrissy seems like a genuine friend. Are you really friends with any others?
Emily B.: Teairra [Mari]. I brought Teairra in. She’s my little firecracker. And Chrissy throughout the two years that we’ve been filming has become like my big sister. She’s one of my best friends. I call her “the oracle” because I can talk to her about anything. Her character on the show doesn’t even display the type of person that she is. She’s a sweetheart. I love her to death. I like Somaya. I like all the girls in a way. They all have something that I like about them. I won’t give away too much.
Loop 21: On the blogs, we see you with Adrienne Bailon, who was rumored to be messing with Fabolous, your ex. What’s going on there?
Emily B.: I just left from being with her. We’ve been friends for years. We’re all friends. I think that when you see Fab and you see Adrienne, they’re both celebrities so you automatically assume that they’re together, but he’s actually friends with her boyfriend. And I won’t reveal her business. We were always together and that’s how that misconception started, but she is not dating Fab. I actually feel bad for her at this point because she can’t get rid of it, but we laugh at it. She comes to my house on Christmas...
Loop 21: So there’s nothing there?
Emily B.: No! (Laughs)
Loop 21: A lot of women identify with your story. What advice would you give to women who are dealing with trying to break away from an ex?
Emily B.: If you don’t stand for something, you will fall for anything. You have to be strong. You have to love you first. When you go into your relationship know what you want and demand those things from the beginning. Set boundaries and if you do it from the beginning you’ll know if it’s going to work or not. But if you don’t, you’ll end up five, six years down the line like, ‘Well, wait a minute!’ That’s my problem. I always wanted to be cool, ride-or-die. I’m down for him. I wanted to be that chick, but somewhere along the line, I lost who I was and it was all about him. I realized that hmm, maybe this is not right. I had to set some boundaries.
The winter issue of Pynk Magazine hits newsstands on New Years Day. Love & Hip Hop airs on VH1 Monday nights at 8 p.m. ET/PT.