Yandy Smith On Relationship: 'There Have Been So Many Breakups To Makeup'

Life & Love | Bené Viera | 01/23/2015 | 11:30 AM EST

'Love and Hip Hop' reality star says in the beginning of her relationship with Mendeecees she put her career first

Yandy Smith is inarguably a fan favorite from the “Love and Hip Hop” franchise. Most would agree she’s one of the few that has a good head on her shoulders.

Viewers have equally fallen in love with her fiancé, Mendeecees Harris. Smith alone has 1.6 million Instagram followers while her honey has nearly 620,000. The two aren’t afraid to showcase the ups and downs of their love.


Smith and Harris are expecting their first daughter together. The couple also have a two-year-old son, Omere, and Harris has two other sons from previous relationships. In an interview with ESSENCE.com, Smith got real about their “breakups to makeup.”

Check out a few excerpts below.

On when she realized she was pregnant

"Mendeecees and I went on this big health kick. We were working out together and running. I could always beat him on the treadmill. When he started beating me and I started to get tired, I was like something isn't right. I was working out but gaining weight. After three weeks I finally took a pregnancy test. I was shocked it was positive and took another. When I went to the doctor a week later, I was seven weeks along."

On how she knew Mendeecees was the one

"When we met eight years ago, I was all about my career. There have been so many breakups to makeups. We would see each other while I was home, but I was on tour a lot and would be gone for months at a time and barely call. We were broken up for over a year when I went on tour with Missy for six months. I came back and he was dating someone. I started dating someone. We bumped into each other and it was like love at first sign again. He was like, ‘I'm not letting you get away from me this time.’ We both ended our other involvements and it’s been nonstop since that moment. We took our time, got to know each other and became great friends. He's been here for the most part, until his situation."

On why she stayed down for him during his prison bid

"I had no idea how long it would be. As long as I still loved him was as long as I was going to be there. If I started to lose love, then I'd have to act accordingly. It wasn't a matter of , ‘I'm down because that's just the type of woman.’ No, I loved him. That was my friend. I was able to get a flight pass and go see him every week. I took the kids sometimes. We talked every day. Although it was very different, he was still very much involved with my life and the kids. When we got word that he was finally able to get bail, it was amazing."

On wedding details...

"We are planning for a summer wedding. Hopefully you will see it on TV. The tag line of our relationship is, ‘Who wants a perfect love story anyway?’ from Beyoncé with Jay Z's song. I want a fairy tale wedding."

Read the full interview on ESSENCE.com.

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