The second season of VH1’s Love & Hip Hop is still underway – and we caught up with one of its stars today about her time on the show so far.
Olivia Longott, who is best known as simply Olivia, has been through her ups and downs on both seasons. The part-Cuban R&B singer, who was the first woman signed to G-Unit Records, has struggled to kick off her career as a solo artist. Though her single “December” has brought her borderline success, the song has not fared well enough for a major label to dig.
Still, Olivia is sticking to her guns, and in an exclusive interview with Latina.com, the 30-year-old singer spoke to us about that experience. She also spoke about the uncommunicative relationship with her mother, which she opened up about on a recent Love & Hip Hop episode.
Check out our interview with Olivia below:
The first season centered around the challenges you faced with regards to your music. How are your challenges different this season?
They’re a little different because we proved it in the first season and now this season, we just gotta make everybody believe. They get it but now they’re like ‘Okay with “December,” [Longott’s song] did she get lucky with it or can she do it again?’ It’s like the industry wants us to really prove that I can do this – that it wasn’t all about the show why I had such good success with that record. That’s basically what we’ve been going through right now but everything is great. We had deals on the table during the first season as well, but to me they weren’t the right deals. I’m not willing to settle… and I just don’t think that with my talent, I should have to do that. I should be able to get what I want and I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing until I get what I deserve.
You’re definitely sticking to your guns and you don’t want history to repeat itself…
Thank you! And if we’re getting all these deals in the first place, obviously the better one is going to come along. So why jump at the first thing that comes along?
I know you recently opened up about your mother on the show. How difficult was it to talk about that in front of the cameras?
It’s very difficult for me because, one, I already don’t like talking about my personal life, and then having to bring my mom into it... she’s a very quiet person as well and she sticks to herself. After she saw the episode, she got mixed reviews. You know when people call you and they tell you the wrong information about what was said? She thought that I said that I didn’t love her, or she didn’t love me… and that’s not what I said. I know my mom loves me dearly, but she just didn’t know how to communicate. So when I said she gave me letters, it was literally daily letters under the door, in the morning or in the night about how she felt. I knew how much she cared; she would tell me she loved me... but we just could never communicate about anything.
How is your relationship with her now?
We’re good now. She kind of understands it but being that she was raised in Jamaica, it’s a different upbringing. She’s not Americanized at all and we do things very differently in Jamaica [Laughs] and I think it was stricter in everything. I think that has to do with how she talks to me.
Do you speak Spanish?
Just a little bit [Laughs] – not really.
Would you ever consider singing in Spanish? You could learn phonetically!
I most certainly would!
What is your New Year’s Resolution?
No, I don’t have a New Year’s Resolution. I don’t believe in that because I believe if you’re going to do something, you shouldn’t wait until the end of the year to do it. Just do it when you say you do it.