The XXL Amber Rose Interview

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Amber Rose has a lot on her plate and a lot more perhaps to say. The blonde bombshell from Philadelphia recently sat down with XXL to talk about everything from her involvement on BET’s Master of The Mix, her campaign with Smirnoff, how she reacted to ex-boyfriend Kanye West’s on-stage apology, being in love with Wiz Khalifa and working on her music. —Mark Lelinwalla

XXLMag.com: Tell us about your involvement with Master of The Mix?

Amber Rose: Well, Season Two of Master of the Mix on BET, I’m a judge and I’m on the panel with Kid Capri. Just Blaze is the host. I’m not a DJ, I don’t know how to scratch and I don’t know how to mix, but I do know how to party. One of my jobs is actually to travel the world and party. So, I solely base my opinion on that when it comes to the DJs and how people react to them and how the party goes. When the party is going great, everybody is dancing and doing well and then they spin a record that makes everybody leave, that’s when I come in and let them know that they totally killed the party and made me want to go home.

Which of the new Smirnoff liquors get you in the mood to party?

Well, Smirnoff just introduced two new flavors – Smirnoff fluff marshmallow and whip cream. I’m doing the whole campaign, so my face is going to be everywhere. I can’t wait to see the billboard in Time Square. I’m really, really excited. They’re so good. They literally taste like marshmallow and whip cream, so you could put cream soda with it, orange soda with it. It’s just really, really good.

On a completely other note, you were recently in your hometown of Philadelphia for your man Wiz Khalifa’s concert and he thanked your city for making you.

Yes, he did.

Well, Kanye West did the same thing a few days later. Did you catch that and what do you make of it?

I did. I’ve been in the studio, I’ve been working, designing. I haven’t really been on the Internet and keeping up with current events. A lot of people were asking me about it and therefore made me go and look at it. I looked at it and one thing he said is, ‘If you love someone tonight, hold on to them tight.’ And he also said, ‘When I told you I didn’t like your outfit, I was an asshole. When I told you I didn’t like your hair, I was an asshole.’ He wrote that song for me and he was an asshole. I don’t hold any grudges, but sometimes you don’t realize what you have until it’s gone. Sometimes when you have something so beautiful and great, you take advantage of it because you think it’s going to be there forever and it’s not.

Did you take it as an apology, though?

I did. If it was an apology, I accept his apology. I don’t think it sounded malicious or mean or anything like that. Me being a compassionate person, I would never hold any grudges against my ex. I appreciate the nice gesture. That was my hometown and stuff like that. I wish him a lot of happiness. I hope he finds a beautiful girl and I hope he treats her better than he treated me because I’m happy I found total happiness with Wiz.

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