Jeannie Mai and her The Real co-hosts made an appearance on Big Boy's Neighborhood radio show on Monday, September 23 and dove into the topic of interracial relationships. Jeannie opened up about dating Jeezy and explained how she felt it was important for both of them to learn about each other's backgrounds.
Jeannie, 41, alluded to the controversial comments she made years ago about dating black men "on the side" and the criticism she's received since going public with the rapper. "That’s something I’m still kind of understanding, because I don’t see it. Obviously when you marry you marry for love. Even in my past marriage, I married for love. Feelings change, people grow apart, so that happened. For me, it’s just focusing on what is love for two people, two human beings? So that part is kind of a responsibility that we’re just going to have to demonstrate through our relationship," she said.
"They act like he the only black man out there!" Loni Love quipped, while Adrienne Bailon pointed out that all the ladies are currently in interracial relationships. "We really do represent what the world looks like. That’s the world. Everybody isn’t saying, 'The only way I can find love is if I find it through my own race,' but more so that we all should be living outside the box. We shouldn’t hold people in boxes and we shouldn’t trap our own minds to only think inside the box," she explained.
Jeannie revealed that she thinks the most important thing is to learn about someone's background and culture when it's different from your own.
"I think when you look at the word ‘interracial,’ you should really look at it as ‘interresponsible.’ It is a responsibility when you date outside of your race to learn about that culture, because not everybody’s experience is the same. When he Jeezy steps into my house he takes off his shoes, he knows how Vietnamese people do it. When I met him I was like, ‘I want to go to Hawkinsville Georgia. Show me exactly this yellow house that you grew up in, and how did you start your business and how did you understand how to make a dollar.' I actually loved it," she said.
The Holy Moly host couldn't help but gush about her beau and praise him for allowing her to feel secure.
"I think right now the coolest thing about the relationship that I’m focusing on is learning what it means to feel safe. When you meet a man who is vulnerable enough to make you feel safe, it’s your job, ladies, to protect and cherish them, or let them go where they find the right woman who’s ready for that. Otherwise we go through life and we have relationships and then we get misled, we get cheated on, we get all these things that happen, and then the person who was willing to be safe is now recoiled and doesn’t want to give that. So I’m going to treasure what he’s given to me right now because I want to be safe," she admitted.
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