Tonight’s the premiere of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop. The show returns for its second season at 9 p.m. EST tonight, and we recently chatted with one of its stars, part-Puerto Rican, part-Dominican celebrity stylist Emily Bustamante. Bustamente is best known as Emily B on the show and much of Love & Hip Hop’s first season focused on her turbulent long-term relationship with part-Dominican hip-hop artist Fabolous.
Emily B chatted exclusively with Latina.com recently about the show’s second season premiere. Check out what she had to say about watching herself on screen for the first time, the show’s heightened drama, and what we can expect from the second season of Love & Hip Hop.
Congrats on the second season of Love & Hip Hop! How do you feel?
I’m actually really excited this time around. In the first season, I was nervous; I had never done anything like that before and I really didn’t know what to expect. I had some disappointments and some highs and lows but all in all, it was a learning experience for me. When I came back this season, I knew what I was getting myself into. It was a much better experience for me this time around because I knew how to handle it. I’m really excited about this second season because I think I’ve grown a lot from the first season.
What can we expect in this new season?
This season, I make a lot of changes in my life and I made the decision to go out on my own with the kids. Its one of the toughest decisions I’ve ever had to do in my life and to do it on camera was even crazier because everybody’s seeing this so it was a little difficult for me, but that’s one of the differences this year. I make a stand and I go out on my own and you get to see that. I have a few struggles here and there but all in all, I’m in in a much happier state and you’ll get to see more of the career side of Emily.
Does this season have more drama?
Oh hell yea! [Laughs] Oh my God! I say ‘hell’ because I felt like I was in hell! [Laughs] I was like, ‘What is this?’ I couldn’t even believe that I was even a part of it – I thought this can’t be real life. There was so much drama and things that were not normal. But I will say this; I don’t do any fighting. I’m more of a peacemaker. I don’t want anybody to fight, so I won’t be fighting this season. I get into a few arguments but all in all, I don’t do the fighting thing. I want to be a role model and I have a teenage daughter and when I started this show, I said one thing I will not be doing is I will not fighting on national TV because that’s not who I am and who I want to portray.
A lot of the first season centered around your relationship with Fabolous. In the second season, you have plans on moving away and ending your relationship with him. What brought you to that decision?
My mother always told me that to get something you never had, you have to do something you never did… and what I didn’t do in the eight years was I never left. I was always there; I always wanted to be his down chick, ride or die. I had to take a stand and say ‘You know what? I don’t like my situation and I want more. I want a commitment. I’m getting older, I have two children. What are we doing here?’ And that’s when I decided, you know what? Maybe it’s time for me to go out on my own. I’m not going to lie; I did it because I wanted it to work. I wanted him to change so it was definitely the best decision for me and he’s grown from it and he’s changed from it and it all worked out.
In the second season’s trailer, you’re walking down a catwalk at a fashion show. Can you tell us about that?
I had actually styled my first New York Fashion Week show. It was my first runway show that I styled. I had to style 19 models and 34 looks. It was mayhem but it was a great experience and hopefully next time I’m running down the catwalk, it’ll be for my line! [Laughs]
This show has definitely been an emotional journey for you. How do you feel right now?
Last year, I didn’t know how to feel because I watched as a viewer and I used to scream at the TV like ‘Girl, get it together! [Laughs] What’s wrong with you??’ You don’t realize until you watch it though. I was going through something that I never had to talk about. This year, I’m in a happy place and I learned so much from it and have grown so much from it. I don’t have any regrets. I always say I’m not embarrassed about my story because there are millions of women who were going through the same thing that I was going through but they just didn’t talk about it. If I could share my story with somebody and someone can learn from my situation, then I did my job.