Emily Bustamante was front and center in the middle of an explosive fight between Chrissy and Kimbella on the season premiere of VH1′s Love & Hip Hop 2. Here, the longtime stylist and baby mother of Fabolous talks season 2, the big fight between Chrissy and Kimbella and her relationship with Fabolous.
XXLMag.com: Compare this season to the first.
Emily Bustamante: Last year, we were new at this. We didn’t know what we were getting ourselves into. Now, we do.
Kimbella is one of two new members on the show this season. Of course, we’ve seen the aftermath of her telling you that she dated Fabolous with the fight between her and Chrissy. Did you know Kimbella before she appeared on the show?
I knew Kimbella was coming on the show and all I knew about her is she’s the mother of Juelz Santana’s son. I didn’t know she was going to reveal that information. I had invited her to my party, we were all getting to know each other and we were toasting to great times and success and she just said that out of nowhere. When she said it, it was shocking. You see my reaction and you also see me crying in there, but I wasn’t crying about what she said to me. I was crying from embarrassment. I was so embarrassed because I knew the whole world was going to see this. It was tears of embarrassment, not tears of hurt.
Are you with Fab as we speak right now?
You have to watch the show. Me and him are in a different space. I don’t really want to address him because…you got to watch the show to really understand what’s going on. But not really, ok? [Laughs].
Do you ever check with Fab about some of the things that might be brought up on the show?
Well, no because it’s not scripted. You don’t know what’s going to come up and what’s going to be talked about. I don’t get to talk to him until after it happens [Laughs]. But I talk to him about the show. He knows everything that goes on. He saw the trailer and was like, ‘Wow!’ He had his moments of laughter and also, ‘Oh my God’ as well. He knows exactly what’s going on in the show and he knows that it’s my life story and he respects my role in it. He knows that if he wants to tell his side of the story to come on the show [Laughs]. I’m a loyal person, so there’s not so much I’m going to reveal on the show. I’m revealing my feelings, not so much his business. He doesn’t like to watch the show because he says he doesn’t like to see me like that. He doesn’t exactly wait up on Monday nights for it to come on, but he caught a few episodes.
What was your opinion on Chrissy attacking Kimbella?
The fight was crazy, it was out of control and there were definitely punches landed. It was insane. We really didn’t know it was going to happen. It was out of nowhere. It was a crazy moment. I don’t condone violence and I never wanted Chrissy to fight anybody, but I do understand that there was a lot of emotion in that room. She took it personal what [Kimbella] was saying, so it kind of turned from a conversation between me and her to her and Chrissy. It was crazy. [Kimbella] was on the floor, her contacts came out of her eyes, she was completely without clothes on the floor. She was laying out naked on the floor. Her dress went up to her neck. It was so insane and that’s just a little bit of it. So, when I seen the scene of [Kimbella] saying, ‘I’m still pretty,’ I was like, ‘Oh my God.’
Would you say you’re closest to Chrissy out of all of the castmembers?
Yes, I’d definitely say she’s the one I’m closest to. I relate to her the most, I trust her the most. That’s just my ride or die.
What’s Teairra Mari’s role on the show?
You’ll see Teairra come in. She’s my client and she turns into a good friend after a while. She comes on with me in some of my scenes and you’ll get to see different sides of Teairra Mari. Like Olivia, she has a similar story in she’s been signed since she was 16-years-old by Jay-Z and she has a struggle with her music career and she’s really talented and just wants to sing. You get to see a little bit of her story.
How’s the styling going?
Good. I’ve been a stylist for 10 years now!
Overall, what do you hope people get from watching the show?
The show is so real and I think people will appreciate the realness from us. We try to keep it as real as possible and that’s what we want. It’s real-life situations. We have love issues and life issues and I think we’ll be relatable to women and men.