Faith Evans recently stopped by the Bethenny Frankel show and in case you were wondering…yes, she still hangs with Diddy, aka Puffy Daddy and yes, she has moved on from Biggy. Check out highlights from her interview with Bethenny Frankel below.
ON BEING CLOSE WITH DIDDY:
Bethenny: Well you really kind of are you know like hip-hip/r&b royalty. I mean you’ve been around for a while and you’ve…
Faith: Thanks Bethenny.
Bethenny: I mean you were married to Notorious BIG, who was respected and regarded like the Frank Sinatra of hip-hop music. I mean what a ride.
Faith: It was definitely a ride and I must say that despite all the craziness and you know everyone’s careers and lives didn’t end up how they thought it would, it was a lot of fun. You know in the beginning of my career being at Bad Boy especially that was like certainly a time in my life and career that I will never forget.
Bethenny: And Bad Boy, Puffy gave you your start, now P-Diddy.
Bethenny: Well how do you think of him? P-Diddy
Faith: I still call him Puff.
Bethenny: You still call him Puff?
Faith: Mmmm hmmm
Bethenny: So he gave you your start and you are still great friends?
Faith: Yeah I actually saw him the other night. I stopped by a studio session he was at to tell him that I wanted him to come to my show next week at the House of Blues. Yea, we keep in touch. He sends my kids Christmas gifts every year and you know, we don’t talk all the time but the line of communication is open. You know, we text and email and he invites me to his events and vice versa.
Bethenny: He and I have the same birthday and we are both in the liquor business.
Faith: Oh yeah?
Bethenny: Yeah I feel like we have a couple of things in common
Faith: Oh wow! You know how to party like him too?
Bethenny: I could party pretty nicely.
Faith: Oh he knows how to party.
Bethenny: Yea I mean I don’t know how he knows how to party but for a Skinnygirl I could party, you know?
ON THE LAST TIME SHE SAW WHITNEY HOUSTON ALIVE:
Bethenny: So in your life, I’m sitting here, you’re a young woman and you’ve experienced some great loss. Two of the most iconic people in music history who you were close with…to experience that kind of loss, how do you deal with that? How do you make sense of that? Do you go to religion, do you get angry?
Faith: Oh wow, I mean religion isn’t something, or my spirituality is definitely not something I go to, it’s always a part of my life. That’s definitely what kept me because it was difficult. I think getting through losing a husband, which that was the first time I lost someone in my life that was that close to me. So having had to go through that and all the public scrutiny and craziness that came with that, losing Whitney was a little bit different because you know it’s different because it was my husband and my friend but it was definitely a blow. Because when I saw her a couple of nights before she passed we hadn’t seen each other but we had been trying to hook-up and phone tagging and emailing and she was looking for me the entire night and when she finally caught me before I went on stage she just grabbed me so hard and was like “I love you so much” and I was like “I love you too, I’ve been looking for you!” and it just felt good to just see her and just the feeling we had. I mean we were like, it wasn’t an industry thing and we didn’t hang out everyday but when we did it was, I’m calling you, I’m coming around the corner and sit in the back yard and drink some wine and we’re just gonna kick it like two Jersey girls. Our daughters are the same age and they kind of grew up having a friendship so, she was very special.
ON IF SHE IS IN LOVE AND WHETHER SHE WILL MARRY AGAIN:
Bethenny: Now are you in a relationship now?
Faith: Am I in a relationship?
Bethenny: Is there anybody special?
Faith: Well, well yes! See my friends always tease me because cause since I’ve been divorced, I’ve been divorced for two years, and they always you know, would kind of tease like well we know you’re not really gonna date anybody. They call me granny because I don’t really go out a whole lot and I get up to workout at 5am so I’m bed by like 8:30 so they’re like oh God granny’s not gonna go. But they always tease me about me like not probably really being open to really dating but because that word just to means like that you got a gang of people coming in and out of your life, you know like you’re seeing multiple people, and I’m not, that’s just not me. I’m very careful about who I bring into my private space in that sense. Especially in a romantic sense because I have children
Faith: I have to really think about it. I don’t waste my time spending time to see oh, can I go out with him a few times to see if I like him. I don’t wanna just see…if he turned me off already then…
Bethenny: Well it’s funny that you say that because we are talking later on a panel about that. About most women say that, I think it was that most men say that after three dates, they know if they are falling in love with someone. Would you agree with that?
Faith: Well I can’t say that I would put that number on it but it’s happened to me in different ways. I mean when me and Big met, although people say that we were married in 9 days, we actually married less than two months after we met each other. But very early on within the first couple of weeks we definitely felt like we were in love with one another. And I love good energy and if you know, I feel like the connection with him was just the fact that he was a good person.
Bethenny: Do you think that you will ever get married again? I know you believe in love but do you believe in marriage?
Faith: I don’t know, there was a time when that was definitely a part of my big picture…being married and growing old with someone. And I wouldn’t say no but I’m certainly not looking for it. I think if it comes and God says hey this is you know, I think that I’ll feel that, I’ll say hey, this is God telling me that I need to be with this person. But I don’t think marriage necessarily, you know, means that that makes it a meaningful relationship. So just being married with a ring and a paper doesn’t necessarily solidify the closeness or the bond that you guys have.
Bethenny: I agree with you, nor does it mean that you are going to spend the rest of your life with someone, unfortunately.
Faith: Not at all.