Yandy Smith is all about her business. As the lead star of VH1’s hit reality series Love & Hip Hop New York, she’s a power executive in it for the long haul — especially when it comes to love. However, with her soon-to-be husband Mendeecees Harris incarcarated, she learns that it’s not easy to manage her businesses, play mother and father, and day-to-day wonder if she’s going to reunite with her love again. Entertainment Weekly sat down with Smith to find out how she feels Mendeecees should be treating her, what she thinks about her new castmates (especially Peter Gunz and Amina), being a mom and businesswoman, and what prospective fans should be aware of when tuning in.
ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: What was going through your mind when your fiancée’s son asked you where his father was, on top of that revealing that he knew his father has been in jail all this time?
YANDY SMITH: You know you never know what a seven-year-old is thinking or what they’re going to say. All we know as parents is that we want to protect them. We want them to be well-rounded, know that they’re loved children. You know that’s all I’ve wanted for him. He’s not my child by birth, but he’s definitely mine when it comes to the way that I love him. When we were taping I had no idea that he knew where his Dad was. We never really told him that his Dad was going away to the army. Mendeecees’ son just thought that. When he revealed his Dad’s whereabouts, my mouth dropped to the floor. How do you admit to a seven-year-old. It was really difficult to try to explain to him that not everybody is bad, and Daddy will explain it to you when you get older.
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