Daphne Wayans, the former wife of comedian and actor Keenen Ivory Wayans, is coming to VH1. After a 15-year relationship and five children, the new realty star is ready to tell her story on “Hollywood Exes.”
The show just wrapped its second season and Daphne caught up with Madame Noire to discuss her experience with the project.
“The producers and some of the other stars are very old friends of mine. Sheree and Nicole are very old friends, a couple of decades old. This show peaked my interest because my friends were involved, and I was a part of the original pitching cast so I pitched the show to all of the original networks with them,” she revealed. “I had been asked so often to write about my experience and my journey, from divorce to now. So I thought I could share that, my experiences, broadly.”
She went on to say that her children will be appearing on the series. “No, they will not,” she said. “This is kind of new, that their mom is on television. Reality TV has its reputation, so we’re all treading lightly. It was their decision.”
When asked about her past relationship with Keenen, she had a mouthful to say about their split and unique way of co-parenting.
There’s not any one reason why we decided. When I do these interviews people go, “what happened?,” as if I’m going to say he kicked me. So, I don’t like to call it a split or divorce because we were still together in so many ways. It was more of a shift, a change in structure. We live five houses from each other. We still operate as a family we’re not husband and wife for sure, but we’re definitely parents to our children. I think I can speak for him to say it’s our greatest creation in our lives. So you don’t separate so easy. In the legal world, the paper seals the deal, but in the real world there’s still a lot there. A marriage is maybe one quarter business and three quarters your heart, your emotion, and your life.
I would say that from a technical standpoint, I am a single mother. I’m not married to the father of my children and we don’t live in the same house. I tell people all the time don’t let me be the symbol of your divorce because people would be wanting to get divorced. I mean he has them one week and I have them the next. My children like it very well because they are very clear on who brings what. Often times you get this immersion of parents, and I don’t mean to say that that’s bad, but it’s more clear now. There’s times that we have to come together and make a decision as a family. It’s made us have mutual regard for each other, and I see that the roles exist for a reason.
In conclusion, Daphne said she’s not worried about editing because “they can only edit from what you give them.”
“There’s only so much changing they can do,” she said. “No, I’m not worried. I’m well intentioned. I’m not perfect. I may not say things that everyone likes or say things the right way, but my intentions are well and good. So this is an experience that I’m willing to have, and I tried to stay true to myself.”
The new season of “Hollywood Exes” premieres on July 7 with its original cast: Nicole Murphy, ex-wife of Eddie Murphy, Jessica Conseco, ex-wife of Jose Canseco, Mayte Garcia, ex-wife of Prince, Sheree Fletcher, ex-wife of Will Smith, Drea Kelly, ex-wife of R. Kelly, and fellow new member Shamicka Lawrence, ex-wife of Martin Lawrence.
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