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A few years ago, The Real host Jeannie Mai ruffled some feathers with her comments about being attracted to Black men. Now, years later, her fiancé, rapper Jeezy, has addressed what she said.

Jeezy and Jeannie Mai | Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images

Jeezy and Jeannie Mai are engaged

Before they went public, the couple was rumored to be dating for a while. They officially unveiled their relationship in August 2019, appearing together at a red carpet event. After this, Mai began talking openly and candidly on The Real about her relationship with the rapper.

“I would say being responsible about making each other feel safe,” she said in a 2019 interview. “We both went through enough in our life to connect on the understanding that love should feel safe, honest, and pure. Immediately that was a magnetic attraction. We are very attracted to each other’s passions to serve. So because we have a mutual joy of having purpose, we’re going to find a way to do that together.”

Mai and Jeezy got engaged in March 2020. They haven’t set a wedding date, but Mai has revealed a lot of details about their pending nupitals, including the fact that there will be two weddings.

“My mom being Vietnamese wants a very Vietnamese traditional wedding,” she said. “She wants Jay, my fiancé, to wear the Vietnamese garb and to do some of the Vietnamese practices like the tea ceremony. I obviously want a fun throwdown with pizza afterward. I want to have a couple of Dancing With The Stars dances in our reception. So we’ve decided that we’re gonna have two weddings. We’re gonna have one the way me and Jay want and then we’ll have one for Mama Mai, just cause if we don’t we’re gonna hear it for the rest of our lives.’

Jeezy talks about his relationship with Jeannie Mai

Before Jeezy and Mai became a couple, she was under fire for controversial comments she made about Black men. A lot people thought her comments were fetishizing Black men in a stereotypical fashion.

She said back in 2014, I loved Black guys. For me, dark meat on the side; white keeps me mean and lean. You know? That’s why I married a white man. That’s what I like.”


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On The Morning Hustle radio show, Jeezy talked about Mai’s comments and what he thought of them.

“I’m a tell y’all how real she is. Before we even started dating we had that conversation,” he explained. “When we really talked, she sat me down, she said ‘Listen, it was something that I said and it might’ve gotten taken out of context. I want you to listen to it in its entirety.’ And I did. I think you guys do journalism, people can take what they want. I know her people, I know her family. I ain’t never felt no sense of racism.”

He continued, “She comes from The Bay… She knows E-40 better than me. So, I just think sometimes people look for things in people. But at the same time I’m a good judge of character. I’m not gonna do nothing that’s gonna jeopardize my integrity. She’s so solid. That’s one of the first conversations we had. I was like ‘You different.’”