Adrienne Bailon kept it real when she told us about her struggles with infidelity and Rob Kardashian in our September issue. "He strategically planned things out so he could cheat on me," she said. "And that to me was so disloyal." Rob and his sisters, Kim, Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, bashed Bailon on Twitter for her brave comments saying the Puerto Rican and Ecuadorean star was "[trying] to kick my brother when he is down." It all seems to be pretty unnecessary considering the 30-year-old talk show host never dissed Rob in her cover story, nor mentioned anything about his current struggles.
Sorry, Kardashians, but the winner in this "fight" is the classy, Ms. Adrienne! (Yup, we said it.) Here's why:
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#1: She's on Latina's September cover!
Adrienne Bailon looks gorgeous on our September cover (you know, the most important issue of the year) and no, Kim, we didn't choose her because of Keeping Up With the Kardashians or your family. We gave Adrienne a cover because she's a strong, fierce, intelligent, and hardworking woman that we're proud to call Latina!
#2: She shakes off the haters
While the Kardashians slammed her for speaking the truth, Bailon has kept it classy. She has not responded to the Kardashians' criticisms -- and why should she? She only spoke the truth about her relationship with Rob Kardashian. Nothing more, nothing less.
#3: She comes from humble beginnings -- and never forgets her roots
Bailon was born on the Lower East Side of Manhattan to a Puerto Rican mother and Ecuadorian father. Her mama and stepfather raised her in NYC, where she dreamed of a life on stage. "I grew up singing Spanish music, so I grew up singing La India, Marc Anthony, La Lupe, Celia Cruz, Selena," she told us. "I grew up singing coritos at church." The girl with big dreams made them come true through hard work, dedication, and of course, a little bit of luck.
#4: She's built her own career from scratch
In 1999, Ricky Martin discovered Adrienne Bailon when she performed with her school choir in Madison Square Garden. Since then, she has worked hard to make a name for herself. From 3LW to The Cheetah Girls to Empire Girls to The Real to her latest endeavor, Nail'd It, Bailon's impressive resume speaks to her dedication and work ethic.
Despite her success, Bailon admits the road was far from easy. She told us, "One thing that growing up in [New York] taught me was to never give up. Do you know how many times my career has been close to rock bottom? Each time, I was like, Girl, figure it out. Reinvent yourself. Just the other day, I was at lunch with my mom, and she said, "You've taught me so much. You're so resilient."
#5: She's not afraid to keep it real
Literally! Alongside an amazing diverse cast that includes Tamar Braxton, Loni Love, Jeannie Mai and Tamera Mowry-Housley, Adrienne Bailon serves as a host on talk show The Real. The title rings true: these chicas love to keep it real, and Bailon isn’t afraid to get personal about any topic. These ladies bring a fresh (and multicultural!) voice to daytime television -- and Bailon's work on the show makes us proud!
#6: She cares about the Latino community!
Adrienne Bailon is proud to be Latina -- she told us so! "I'm very proud of Latina. So, to be on the cover of Latina, you don't understand... When I found out I got my cover, I called my mother and my sister on FaceTime, and I was crying!"
Bailon puts her money where her mouth is. She cares deeply about the Latino community -- and she's constantly searching for ways to give back. Whether she's performing at the annual Puerto Rican Day Parade or shooting Public Service Announcements for the Latino arts community in New York City, Bailon will always support her community.