It was a close call, but Hollywood Exes will be back for a second season. Speaking with EBONY.com, Andrea Kelly talked about the show — why it resonated with viewers and when the second season will begin filming. Also, Kelly says she’ll be writing a book about her life as the former Mrs. R. Kelly.
EBONY: Okay. So a lot of people have gotten to know you through your VH1 series. Will there be a second season?
AK: Yes, we got a second season! We start filming soon, so I’m really proud. I’m just like, ‘Whew, people got it,’ ’cause that was a gamble. There’s so much craziness out there, and here we [came]with the polar opposite. But to know that people were happy with the content; they were happy with the cast; and what we put out there, I was like, ‘Oh, thank you!’
EBONY: It seems like people really loved the show because it was real. All of you really are Hollywood exes—
AK: It was. It wasn’t life is so great, my red bottoms and my—girl I could care less about these red bottoms. It was okay for us to be vulnerable, and to show other women ‘I can’t do this alone. I need my sisters. I need somebody to say, ‘You know what, I got you. Be weak right now and let me be strong for you.’ That’s what our show was about. I loved doing our show and my cast mates. It’s just…a breath of fresh air to know we are putting out something that is really needed. The other shows are what they are but we get to show that other side of the coin.
EBONY: In addition to the show, you have your first book coming out. People are looking at is as another tell-all.
AK: It’s called Under the Red Carpet, and it’s about my life as R. Kelly’s wife. Everyone thinks it’s a tell-book, like girl she’s about to throw him under the bus, [but] nope! It’s really a self-help book for women about staying true to you and don’t get lost because that’s a big shadow when you have such a famous ex-husband. The image [gets] so distorted that you don’t even know who you’re looking at. If I can walk away from R. Kelly, and the world says I have everything, you can walk away from a man that does not have a job, does not support his children, he is not bringing money back into the household, he’s not protecting and caring for you. If I can walk away from this, surely you can walk away from that for yourself. But if you don’t have the strength [to walk away], let me show you how I did it, and not [by] giving you a book that’s full of BS, glitter and unicorns.
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