It looks as though Adrienne Bailon is just about ready for marriage!
The singer/actress is beat to the gawds on the cover of next month's Latina Magazine, and inside, she dishes all the tea on her love life. In the cover story, the former "Cheetah Girl" reveals why she didn't take back Robert Kardashian after he publicly cheated on her. She also talks about her new man, Def Jam Executive Lenny Santiago, why she decided to finally go public with the relationship, and the one thing that's holding them back from getting married right now.
Catch those highlights below:
On why she won’t bring her boyfriend on a reality show:
When I was doing the reality show [Empire Girls] with Julissa [Bermudez], the producers wanted me to show my relationship with Lenny, but I didn’t want to do that; I didn’t want a repeat of what happened with Rob.
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 going public with her new love Lenny:
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 being ready to settle down:
If by some miracle we started taping The Real in New York tomorrow, I’d marry him, like, right now. I want a family. I see my sister and she’s on her second baby, and I’m like, That’s success. Having a family—I can’t wait for that.
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.’
Adrienne and Lenny. Lenny is also the man behind those amazing images of The Carters that he posts to the KodakLens Instagram page.
Meanwhile,the Latina cover was a dream come true for Adrienne. She posted on Instagram:
Such an HONOR to be their September Cover Girl! Ever since I was a little girl... I've dreamt of being on the cover of @latinamagazine! I def cried when I found out! I called my Mami & Sister & we ALL CRIED... (Like true Latinas LOL). Just remember... I'm a Puerto Rican - Ecuadorian girl from the projects of NY's Lower East Side. ANYTHING IS POSSIBLE. NEVER. GIVE. UP. Read more on Latina.com/Adrienne #Latina #Orgullo #DreamsDoComeTrue #LES #Boricua #Ecuatoriana #PuraLatina!