Yesterday I spoke with actress and former First Lady of Turks and Caicos Islands who cleared the air about rumors involving her love life and blasted her ex-husband former Turks & Caicos Premier Michael Misick for, among other things, stopping payment on her daughter Kai's private college tuition.
LisaRay will be in Atlanta next week to host the Trumpet Awards. We plan to get together for another in-depth conversation over lunch. So this post is just a teaser to next week's post in which LisaRaye will reveal what really happened between herself and that other Diva Vivica A. Fox!
Sandra Rose (SR): Hi LisaRaye! How are you?
LisaRaye (LR): What's going on? I just flew back into L.A.
SR: Well, thank you for...
LR: So listen, Devyne [Stephens] tells me that you had a picture of me and Devyne on New Years?
LR: What happened to 'em? (laughs)
SR: Well... (me laughing hysterically) you know what happened!
LR: No I don't. I'm getting the 411 from you...
SR: Well, he called and he was very nervous. He was like, I'll pay you to take the picture down because it's causing a lot of problems...
LR: I was flying back home and somebody hit me on my phone and was like 'you all over the internet.' I was like huh. So by the time I touched down he called me and was like, 'I had them take it down.' Devyne is so image conscious you know what I'm saying? He does get nervous. I'm more used to it than he is. He isn't really into all that.
SR: So that's your man right?
[I explained to LisaRaye that I understood that she and Devyne would make their relationship public at Domique Wilkins' 50th birthday party at the Gold Room this past Friday because that's what I had been led to believe.]
LR: Is that what he told you?
SR: Well, maybe he's in love with you. You know how women are. We tend to lead guys on but we're not aware that we're doing it.
LR: Naw, no! Uh uh, I can't say that 'cause I'm too grown for that! I ain't no Vivica either, honey. I ain't with the Cougar sh*t! You know my reputation. You were damn right the first time you saw me at Akon's birthday party, you were like, 'how does she do it? She sniffs out money.' You damn right 'cause I would not be a Cougar. She's not a gold digger and she ain't gon' be with a broke ni**a! So Devyne told you that I would be at the club? I was nowhere in Atlanta on Friday. Call his a** out!
SR: RIght, right.
[LisaRyae's publicist J. Peak interrupts to say LisaRaye was never "all over Devyne" at Akon's party as I alluded to in an earlier post]
LR: Here's my thing, you would never catch me like that. You know what I mean? Because that ain't my style. I mean, like the pictures that they did of Vivica kissing and hugging on that boy. You would never catch me doing that. You would never catch me doing that type of sh*t when I was very young. I'm not doing all that. If I'm doing that type of sh*t, It's usually when I'm finna do the da-don-da-don!
SR: Well, that's what they did (laughs).
J. Peak: Can we speak on the Nelly rumor too, please?
LR: No, that was not true.
J. Peak: You heard her Sandra? She said it's not true at all. Do you want to speak on Al Sharpton?
LR: Al Sharpton? Huh? OK I'm saying, does that deserve an answer for that one?
SR: That doesn't even deserve an answer.
J. Peak: Are your readers going to know it's not true?
SR: They'll know, they'll know.
LR: I think what people don't know... they underestimated my role as First Lady... we were in a different country with different rules. Britain had taken over. They have suspended the Constitution and made my ex-husband step down and started a new government. So that made different rules and laws for me with my divorce. So when Rev. Sharpton came to me, he was like 'you're a little out of your league with this.' So I actually leaned on him as one of our civil rights leaders and being a smart man and being one of the closest black men to our president that you can lay your hands on. I think that was a smart ass move. I was like, 'come help me.'
SR: So he helped you out with the legal part of the divorce?
LR: It's not over. I'm divorced legally. But it's two parts you know, the financial settlement, the divorce settlement. Because my ex-husband is up for corruption of governmental funds and money laundering... you know everything is just up in the air with that. And I'm like well, why I got to wait? I ain't got nothing to do with all that? When I met my ex-husband I was my own millionaire. I was doing my own damn thing private plane riding... and going to continue to do that!
[We talked about LisaRaye's only daughter Kai who just turned 20. And LisaRaye wanted to put her ex-husband on blast for letting her tuition lapse at a private school in London]
LR: I'm so proud of her. She's a little upset coming from over in Europe abruptly. My ex-husband let his financial support... he just abruptly stopped [paying her tuition] and messed up her schooling. It was the same school he went to get his doctorate degree and that just f*cked her up. You don't do that to no kid, you know what I'm sayin? My phone is about to cut off y'all 'cause I'm driving. How about if I set time aside for when I get there we'll get together?
SR: I look forward to it.
LR: OK. I appreciate you already though!
Special thanks to J. Peak, Senior publicist, peakpublicity!