WE tv announces a new reality TV series, "Brat Loves Judy," premiering Thursday, Aug. 5 at 9 p.m.
The new docuseries follows iconic rapper Da Brat and entrepreneur Jesseca "Judy" Dupart as they document their lives as one of the first openly lesbian couples in reality TV.
The "Growing Up Hip Hop: Atlanta" star Da Brat and her girlfriend Judy are part of We tv's effort to increase LGBT+ visibility in media to 40% this year.
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"WE tv has long solidified itself as a home for authentic stories and relatable relationships, and we're thrilled to add Brat and Judy's larger-than-life love story to our Thursday night originals," said Lauren Gellert, EVP of Development and Original Programming for WE tv.
"These two powerful and successful women are sharing their brand-new relationship with audiences for the first time ever, bravely inviting viewers to experience all their emotional 'firsts' alongside them."
"Brat Loves Judy" brings audiences a never-before-seen look into the world of veteran hip-hop artist and two-time Grammy Award-nominee, Da Brat, and Jesseca, the multi-millionaire business owner and CEO of Kaleidoscope Hair Products, as they build a new home together, participate in couples therapy, deal with meddling loved ones, and a surprise proposal.
Family and friends featured on the series include Judy's adult daughter, Deja and Deja's infant daughter Kenzie; Bella, Brat's manager and confidante; Brat's friend Montana and his wife Rhonda; and of course, Brat and Judy's six dogs – Staxx, Rockie, Fat Boy, Loyal, Fendi, and Rebel – among others.
The series also features a surprise appearance by Brat's half sister LisaRaye McCoy, as the siblings explore their strained relationship.
Watch the teaser below.
Da Brat opened up about her intimate relationship with Atlanta entrepreneur Jesseca Dupart on the season premiere of "Growing Up Hip-Hop."
"There's so much going on in my life and my world right now," the 46-year-old rap artist said. "Recently, I decided to let y'all in on my life a little bit, you know what I'm saying?"
The "Funkdafied" rapper, whose relationships rarely last longer than 3 years, said the Coronavirus lockdown made her and 38-year-old Jesseca's bond stronger.
"I think we're a great couple together. Quarantine can make you or break you and we are still here, baby. So we must be doing alright. And it feel good to be happy out loud."
Da Brat is self-conscious about her weight gain as her body transitions into menopause.
After the two women met in Atlanta, Brat said she initially didn't want Jesseca to "look" at her for "too long" because she didn't want to expose her many "imperfections."
"I was just real nervous and scared," she said. "At first I would hide behind furniture when she would talk to me. I would cover up my face when I laughed."
"It was the cutest thing ever," said Jessica.
"Like nobody probably would ever expect me to act like that," Da Brat added.
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Da Brat made headlines when she shared an Instagram video revealing her relationship with Instagram entrepreneur Jesseca Dupart, aka BB Judy, 38.
Da Brat explained:
"I have never experienced this feeling. It's so overwhelming that often I find myself in a daze hoping to never get pinched to see if it's real so I can live in this dream forever."
On an episode of the Rickey Smiley Morning Show last Friday, the 45-year-old semi-retired rapper said she made the decision to come out of the closet because times have changed and the industry isn't as homophobic as it was in the '80s and '90s.
"I've always been an advocate of privacy, pretty much to protect the interest of the other party involved. Because if you're not used to this life and the scrutiny that come with it, it can break you."
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Da Brat dumps out an ashtray while one of her ex-girlfriends looks on in a photo taken in 1994.
"I've been talked about for over 20 years or more so I'm kind of conditioned for it. My coat of armor is pretty thick so I learned what to say and what not to say and the battles that I decide to choose to fight. Most of the time I just stay silent and let people speculate."
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Da Brat poses with one of her ex-girlfriends in a photo taken in 2007.
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