“Love & Hip-Hop” reality series star Chrissy Lampkin has come forward to discuss her marriage proposal to boyfriend/rapper Jim Jones on television, and the future their union holds.
While they have yet to officially tie the knot, Chrissy believes marriage is still down the road.
“I did it to let him know that I love him enough and I am proud and happy enough to display that to the world,” Lampkin explained in an interview. “That’s what that’s about. Eventually, we will get married. Am I rushing it? No. Of course people have opinions about me asking him to marry me, but I felt it was the right thing to do. I love him enough and I wanted to share that. It’s how I felt and what I wanted. You need to know what you’re doing with your life. You need to have direction. If that thing doesn’t happen the traditional way, it still needs to happen. So why waste your time? I figured I would cut to the chase. What are we waiting for? We talk about it a lot, so it’s not like it was something that wasn’t going to happen. I felt comfortable enough to ask him. It’s not like it was something that was never talked about and I jumped out the window with it. I knew that it was something we both wanted. I didn’t mind being the first one to step up. We’ve been together almost seven years.” (Necole Bitchie)
Last week, Jones spoke to SOHH about “Love & Hip-Hop” originally being centered around him.
“‘Love & Hip-Hop’ was initially my TV show that [VH1] has been trying to do for about four years now. But for three years prior, they had been trying to get me to do this reality show and they shot a pilot. I wasn’t really feeling the pilot, because I felt the camera was too much on me and showing too much of my life as far as Jim Jones is concerned. So we had re-evaluated the situation.” (SOHH)
Jim also said he offered VH1 an opportunity to gain his support if they found a way for Chrissy to get her own show.
“My lady had an opportunity to shoot a pilot too, but the pilot she shot kind of fell through and she took interest in the whole reality show thing. So I went over to VH1 and told them if they want me to put my involvement in a TV show, or all of my involvement, they need to do a show behind her and I’ll do it. I also said I’d find a way to participate in it to make sure it’ll be a success. And that’s really how the whole show came together. They went and got Olivia, Emily and the girl Somaya. Then they put them around Chrissy and now you have ‘Love & Hip-Hop.’ Two episodes in and it’s feeling like a sitcom.” (SOHH)
Around mid-March, Chrissy also opened up about her new Vh1 reality series.
“In the beginning, it was a pilot about me and Jimmy [‘Jim and the Family Jones’], and he wasn’t really comfortable with that,” Chrissy explained. VH1 producers volunteered to bring in “some more females, make it more interesting,” and eventually Emily, Olivia and aspiring rapper Somaya Reece were added to the cast; Emily’s close friend Mashonda Tifrere (ex-wife of Swizz Beatz) also appears. “If I don’t have to work with Jimmy every day, I’m with it!” the ever-bouncy Chrissy, who actually proposes to Jim on the show, laughed. “He didn’t want to be bothered with the cameras every day.” (MTV)
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