Gearing up for the syndicated talk show ‘The Real’ this fall, Adrienne Bailon beautifies the cover of the September issue of Latina Magazine (August 12th). In the issue, the fashionista reveals her 5 year relationship with Def Jam exec Lenny Santiago, past relationship with Rob Kardashian, surviving the ups and downs of her career; and the aftermath of ‘Keeping Up With The Kardashians’. Check out more below…
A few of Adrienne’s quotes:
On going public with her new love, Def Jam Records exec Lenny Santiago: “I wanted to let people know that we’re not a secret—we’re just private. Secret relationships are shady, and it’s never been that. Five years into our relationship, we’re no longer at the beginning—we’re established now. We’re in a great, strong place where any negativity cast our way won’t affect us. It was a big birthday for him—he turned 40—and I felt like, ‘I want people to know that I love you, and I think you’re freakin’ amazing.’”
On surviving career ups and downs: “One thing that growing up in [New York] taught me was never to give up. Do you know how many times my career has been close to rock bottom? Each time, I was like, Girl, figure it out. Reinvent yourself. Just the other day, I was having lunch with my mom, and she said, ‘You’ve taught me so much. You are so resilient.’”
On suffering Rob Kardashian’s infidelity in the public eye: “It’s common knowledge that he cheated on me, and it always bothered me that people were like, ‘Pero, why couldn’t you forgive him?’ Why are women always the ones who have to forgive? If you cheated on a man, he would be like, ‘You’re disgusting, and I want nothing to do with you.’ But women, we’re supposed to be like, ‘He messed up. He made a mistake.’ And, in my situation, it wasn’t like, ‘Oh my God! I made a mistake!’ He strategically planned things out so that he could cheat on me, and that to me was so disloyal.”
On the aftermath of Keeping Up With the Kardashians: “To be stuck with that Kardashian label, that was so hurtful to me and to my career. I probably realized that too late—not that it would’ve affected my decisions in terms of who I dated, but it would’ve affected my decision to appear on the show. At the time, I didn’t think anyone would even care. To this day, people will still say, ‘You ruined Rob’s life!’ and I’ll think, Damn, I was still playing with Barbie dolls when I met him.”
Adrienne and Lenny are both good friends of The Fly Guys here at SFPL.
We wish them nothing but the best! Congrats to them both!