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‘Hollywood Exes’ Andrea Kelly on maintaining a positive image in reality television

Andrea Kelly

While at the Circle of Sisters Expo this year, VH1’s “Hollywood Exes” reality star Andrea Kelly (ex-wife of R. Kelly) was asked by an audience member asked Kelly advice on how to handle her husband’s infidelity.  Andrea couldn’t help but to impart her own advice on how to maintain self-respect and avoid infidelity in a relationship. Ironic, given her relationship with R. Kelly was rife with infidelity.

“In order for you to maintain that respect in your relationship, you have to be able to put your foot down. If you allowed him to cheat that one time and you took him back, then who’s to say he won’t do it again? There were no consequences the first time and that’s why he’ll do it over and over,” she said.

While backstage, Kelly sat down and discussed how the Circle of Sisters event promoted and represented the same thing her reality show, “Hollywood Exes” did for women; family, support for each other and friendship among women of color. She also expressed that her show showed women of color in a different light without
the usual “cattiness and foolery” that exists on other reality shows.
She also expressed what she thought it took to be successful in the reality television industry while still maintaining a positive image.
“I think women of color need to understand that they can’t be willing to do everything. We need to stand our ground and be assertive with what we want when it comes to our brand. It has to be done out the gate so that way, we’re not spending all that time cleaning up the crazy image you put out there when you want to expand your brand,” said Kelly.
 –kimari clarke
You can catch Andrea Kelly on “Hollywood Exes” Sundays at 9 p.m. EST on VH1.