Wiz Khalifa & Amber Rose, “It’s a Love Thing” [October/November 2012 Cover Story]
WORDS VANESSA SATTEN
IMAGES SARAH McCOLGAN
“You look awesome in every picture, daddy,” Amber Rose says to her fiancé, Wiz Khalifa, while sitting at a computer and scrolling through some photos we just shot of them. Wiz stands behind her, looking at the screen. “You look beautiful in every picture,” he says, giving her shoulder a squeeze. “I look like a dummy.” He laughs.
Amber shakes her head and giggles. “I look like a fat fuck.”
“Nooo,” her boo insists.
And so it goes as the photo shoot unfolds on this sunny September afternoon in Los Angeles’s Siren Studios. Wiz, 25, and Amber, 28, are in love with a capital L-O-V-E. They kiss, they pet and paw, they googly-eye each other. Some of their poses are so intimate, you want to turn away. Like you just walked into the wrong hotel room. But it’s cool. It’s something folks don’t see everyday in hip-hop.
After shooting to rap stardom with his monster 2010 smash “Black and Yellow,” Wiz carved himself a solid place in hip-hop with the release of his major label debut Rolling Papers (Rostum/Atlantic). It was during those heady “Black and Yellow” days that the Pittsburgh native linked up with the Philadelphia-born model and former girlfriend of Kanye West. They fell head-over-heels. Fast-forward a year-and-half, Wiz and Amber are now engaged and expecting a child.
So while Wiz works on his second album, O.N.I.F.C. [Only Nigga In First Class], due out later this year, and runs his label, Taylor Gang Records, his primary focus is on getting ready to be a dad and husband.
Mums the word on the baby’s gender, due date and name, but Wiz and Amber opened up to XXL about their relationship and the excitement about all of their upcoming releases.
How far along are you?
Amber: Second trimester. My first trimester was really hard, like most women. I threw up a lot. I was very, very, very sick. I’m still sick now in my second trimester. I just feel like I learned a lot just being pregnant this time. For my next baby, I’ll know what not to eat and things to stay away from. Definitely the smell sensitivity is still very strong. Certain things, as soon as I smell them, I throw up immediately.
You said earlier that the smell of weed made you sick. With Wiz being such a famous weed head, how does that work out?
Amber: He would never ever smoke in front of me. I mean even just living in California, it’s really hard because there’s weed shops everywhere. So even when I’m driving and I go down the wrong block, I get sick.
So, how long have you guys been together?
Wiz: A year and a half.
And you’re officially engaged. Is there a date set?
Wiz: Nah, there’s no date set yet. But we’ll probably get licensed and married before the baby’s born, and do a wedding afterwards because it makes more sense for the baby to be in the wedding than for her to be pregnant. Some people, they rush and do it. But, it works both ways.
Amber: Yeah, we definitely want our baby to be in our wedding pictures. And you know, being pregnant, I’m tired a lot. So to have a whole wedding and planning it all out and the reception—I just don’t want to be sleeping when everybody’s partying at our wedding.
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