“She quit me!”
Briana Latrise Isaacs, daughter of Mary J. and her ex husband Kendu Isaacs, is having a rough time dealing with her parent’s divorce. Since Mary and Kendu filled for divorce in July 2016, Briana claims she has not heard from the woman who was like a mother to her throughout the 12-year marriage.
The bad girl of Growing Up Hip Hop admits that she always felt like the “black sheep” of her family, but when Mary came into her life, she felt that someone finally understood her. Now that Mary and Kendu are divorcing, Briana admits she hasn’t spoken to either one of them; her attempts to suffocate the hurt have failed. When the flood of emotions come rushing in, the 31-year-old finally breaks down.
During last night’s episode of GUHH, Romeo sees that a lot of his friends are going through things and thinks it’s a great idea to invite them all to his family bible study. Briana, who originally went in support of Boogie (Dash), ended up feeling the spirit so much that she broke down in tears.
As Master P. spoke to the group about the trials his family has suffered through, it sounded all too familiar to Briana. She needed to leave the room because she could not hold back the tears. Romeo, Boogie and Pepa go to check in on her. “When you feel it, it’s real,” Romeo tells her.
Briana admits that she was a heavy drug user for many years. She is confused as to why she is “still here” after all the damage she has done to her body. “I’ve smoked meth for seven f—ing years. I’ve smoked crack, and all that s–t. I’ve done all that s–t,” she reveals. “I’ve been smoking cigarettes 20 f—ing years. And I don’t know why I’m still here.”
She is aware that she has unresolved issues from her past, that she turned to drugs to deal with. But isn’t happy with her decision looking back. “I feel some kind of way,” she says in her confessional. “I feel like I took years away from myself. Cause all those years I spent doing drugs, I could’ve been doing art. And being amazing.”
Briana confides in Pepa privately about her feelings about her parent’s divorce. She isn’t talking to her father, or Mary, at the moment. She says that she loves Mary and thought they had a “real thing,” but now she’s unsure. Briana understands that Mary is going through things, but for Briana, she feels she has lost somebody important. Briana says off camera, “I haven’t heard from you since you filed. I haven’t heard from you since Iman beat the s–t out of me.”
During last season of GUHH, Briana was allegedly assaulted by her then boyfriend Iman Omari. Briana said the producer/DJ hit her, splitting her lip and (possibly) displacing her jaw. Briana posted a photo of the bruises on her Instagram page.
According to a source close to Briana, it was the second time it happened. Mary has been an advocate for domestic violence for years, having suffered through it herself. So, it is shocking to hear that she did not reach out to her step-daughter after the incident. Briana is completely broken by Mary’s distance and wonders if she had something to do with the divorce.
Mary is busy on a press tour for her new Sundance film Mudbound. While on tour, she addressed life after divorce. “I’m doing okay. I’m living,” she says. “I’m not happy about a lot of things. I thought someone loved me, right? Turns out, he was a con artist and he didn’t, and now he’s coming after me for all my money.”
She was obviously addressing Kendu’s request for $100,000 per month for spousal support to uphold his lifestyle and charitable contributions. This was reduced to $30,000 per month by court order. Mary feels that Kendu was never about her but always about her money. She says in an interview, “There was someone else that was his queen. I got played. I got suckered. I have to keep smiling and keep my spirits up because this is designed to kill me.”
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Growing Up Hip Hop airs Thursdays at 9 p.m. on WE tv.