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‘Girls Cruise’ Episode 4 – Mama Chilli To The Rescue On Her Birthday

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Every TLC fan out there knows that Miss Chilli Thomas does not like to celebrate her birthday. But being on the ultimate Girls Cruise on your birthday week isn’t the easiest way to avoid celebrating!

In the 4th episode of this wild and adventurous Caribbean cruise, the ladies continue their soul searching, bonding and pushing themselves to step out of their comfort zones!

“Chilli is queen of the day!”, Rome announces excitedly on the loud speakers to the rest of the crew on the yacht. Chilli takes a call from her son, Tron Austin, who reminds her that this is the first time she has been out of town on her birthday. But he reassures her that they can celebrate together when she returns home.

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Meanwhile, B. Simone gets to know Rakeem aka ‘Dreads’ a little better at the bar with some specially made cocktails from the barman. B. Simone eventually admits to him that she doesn’t know his real name!

Chilli knocks on Mya‘s door for a little girl talk in her bedroom. Chilli opens up to Mya about the reasons why she is so against celebrating her birthday. “I just don’t like the numbers! That’s all it is”, Chilli says.

“Let me take it all the way back”, Chilli adds. “I remember my early 20s, you’re so excited, you think you’re so grown. And then I remember when I hit 25, at that point it was just a countdown for me. I was like, ‘in 5 years I’ll be 30’. So the trip started then. And then when I hit 30, I was like, I’m done. I was like, I’m done with these numbers. I’m not celebrating anymore”.

Mya let’s Chilli know that she understands, although she believes in celebrating her age every year. “I believe in celebrating birthdays”, Mya tells the viewers. “I believe in celebrating life, no matter how old you get. Look, if I get older, and I’m celebrating my birthday, I’m celebrating the Chilli way, because I’m trying to look like that — forever!”

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Chilli reveals details of her special lunch date with Rome to Mya, telling her that he’s a sweet guy but she gave him a friendly push back, as she wasn’t on the trip to look for a date. “I haven’t known Rome long enough to know if he’s even Chilli’s type”, Mya confesses. “It’s not gonna fly if he’s not some black Jesus or something like that!”.

Mya later joins Tiffany on the deck for a catch up. It was the first time the two had some time alone together since the drama of Mya forgetting Tiffany’s name at the concert in Oistins. Mya questions Tiffany about her friendship with Lil’ Kim, and if she felt like she ever has to shrink her presence to let Kim shine.

“I have never had that thought in my head. I have never felt like that”, Tiffany insists, surprised to hear Mya’s views on her. “I’m a little taken back, because people in society pit women against each other. It’s almost like you can’t have a successful friend and have success yourself”, Tiffany says. “Kim and I have based our friendship on support, so I hope that this can be an example of what sisterhood is to Mya”.

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Mya seems unsure about Tiffany’s statement. “But, has she ever been around your circle?”, Mya asks. “Yeah. It’s like, I shine on my own, and I want my sister to shine on her own”, Tiffany replies. “Get your dreams! I call her mini Cleopatra. Break barriers! But sometimes people like to project, because I guess naturally in this business you have to be guarded — be prepared.”

The crew later get ready for Chilli’s birthday dinner. Chilli reveals to everybody that she is thankful for their friendship on the trip, as it has learned her to open up more and be relaxed around situations outside of her comfort zone.

Lil’ Kim then encourages everybody to open up about their insecurities. Mya admits that she has always missed having somebody to call and talk to. “It’s very important for us as women to stick together, because we need each other”, Mya says. “It’s so important that we uplift each other. It’s hard out here, to get through life alone. And we need that support system to uplift each other”.

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Pretty Vee reveals that she has been battling with depression, whilst Char admits that he battles with finding real friends after feeling used. Lil’ Kim talks about being controlled by her ex, the late Notorious B.I.G., and being lost when he passed away in 1997, as she had no direction without him. “I had to go to prison for a year — I grew, I matured, and I said, ‘God, I’m so sorry! I didn’t know I wasn’t listening like this!”.

Due to the stormy weather, Rome announces that the crew will be unable to leave the yacht tonight. So, they decide to get comfortable and spend the remainder of Chilli’s birthday chilling on the boat. However, in an instant, the rocky waters began making everybody feel sea sick!

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“It was like a domino effect — Vee, B, Mya”, Chilli says of the sickness taking over the crew. “We went from a birthday party to Mya and Vee passing out, Romey Rome can’t even stand up!”. Chilli offered her full support to everybody, nursing them with vital salts and some TLC!

“I had a good time celebrating my birthday, but now people are getting sick, and they need me”, Chilli says. “So, of course, I jump right back into Mama Chilli mode!”. “Kim wanted us to bond? This is the real deal!”, Tiffany exclaims.

The following day, the seas are calmer and the crew are recovered from their rough night of sickness. Chilli shares the moment with Tron on the phone. “When I tell you, the boat was like rocking and everybody got sea sick, except for me, Kim and Charles”.

B. Simone, who suffered the most vomiting that night, talks about her experience with Pretty Vee. “It hit me so quick after dinner. It was like eating and then getting on a rollercoaster. After I threw up three times, Chilli kept feeding me salt, bro”. B. Simone admitted that Chilli’s presence gave her some comfort, but she was still feeling queasy.

Lil’ Kim and Pretty Vee later have some time together in the gym and discuss how much they appreciate each other and being open to learning more about themselves through each other.

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B. Simone is greeted by Rakeem, who is checking on her to make sure she is feeling better. Rakeem takes on board her suggestions of wanting someone assertive, and invites her to join him on the jet skis, which she reluctantly agrees to.

After freaking out over the wild skiing with Rakeem, alledging that she can see sharks, B. Simone is saved by the Queen Bee! Lil’ Kim jumps on a jet ski and drives down to catch up with B. Simone. “Here comes captain slay-a-ho, and I’ve come to save a ho!”, Kim jests.

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Chilli then jumps into another jet ski with Pretty Vee and Mya at the wheel, as they head over to Kim and B. Simone, once again enjoying time outside of their comfort zones!

The ladies are now on track for their next destination — the tranquil scenes of Tobago for the world famous carnival season!

Don’t miss the next episode of ‘Girls Cruise’. Catch it every Monday night at 7/8c on VH1!

Episode 4

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Watch: ‘Girls Cruise’ Episode 3 – Mya Clashes With Lil’ Kim & Chilli Gets A Date Offer

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In the third instalment of the hit VH1 Caribbean cruise show, ‘Girls Cruise‘, the ladies face more adventures and a little dash of drama!

Following Mya‘s performance in Oistins in the last episode, with her apparently forgetting the name of Lil’ Kim‘s best friend, Tiffany Panhilason, tensions are still high over the situation as they leave Barbados, as they feel it was done deliberately.

Mya takes a call from her manager in her bedroom to discuss how the impromptu performance went. “When I finally got on stage, the power went out!”, she tells him. “And then, when I got to the end of the set, I introduced each person.”

“Because it’s Kim’s trip, I saved Tiffany, her best friend, for last, but it was taken the wrong way, like I had forgetten her name and throwing shade or something like that. So, there was this whole thing that kinda got really weird”.

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Meanwhile, Tiffany and Lil’ Kim have a heart to heart about the situation, where Tiffany admits that she felt singled out when she wasn’t named on the stage by Mya. “It makes you feel like you don’t belong”, Kim says.

In the kitchen, Rome admits to the guys that he feels a strong connection with Chilli, especially their dancing at the Oistins festival in Barbados. He decides to surprise her and brings her breakfast to her room instead of the chef.

Rome tells her he initially had the impression that she was a reserved person, but she opened up and had fun on that night, which impressed him. “I love to dance, the energy was great”, Chilli tells Rome. “There’s a time and a place for everything!”

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Suddenly, Rome steps things up a notch. “I would like you to go to lunch with me, a special lunch”, Rome announces to Chilli. “A special lunch?”, a very surprised Chilli questions. “What is a special lunch?”. “Just the two of us”, he replies. “Nothing out of the ordinary, we’re just going to sit and talk”. “What are we going to talk about”, Chilli laughs. “We’re talking right now!”

Chilli reluctantly agrees to the lunch date. “I see a lot of cute guys, but it has to be something magnetic”, Chilli admits. “I’m not one of those girls that waits for a guy I like to come and talk to me. I am very aggressive”. She concludes by confessing she isn’t sure how she feels about Rome yet.

B. Simone and Char hit the gym, where she talks about her feelings for ‘Dreads‘. Char assures her that he seems like a good guy, after speaking to him earlier in the day. The pair then open up about their past, and realize that they both have something in common, in the absence of their mothers.

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Meanwhile, Lil’ Kim greets the chef Tobias in the kitchen, but notices that he doesn’t seem himself. He reveals that his brother has just been released from prison. Kim tells him that she also spent time in prison so can relate with him. “When I went through that situation, I learned to value me, know my worth”, Kim says.

Chilli talks to her son Tron on the phone, and informs him about Rome offering her to go on a date on a ‘special lunch’. “I think it will be a good idea”, Tron says to his mom. “Maybe”, Chilli replies.

Rome joins Chilli for lunch. “When I first met you, I liked your energy”, Rome tells Chilli. “If I was to have a connection with anyone on this trip, it would be you from the jump”. Chilli’s laughs and tells him that she is a busy woman. “I just have so much going on with my career and just everything, I’m crazy busy” she tells him. “So, how long do I have to wait?”, Rome laughs. Chilli quickly pulls the brakes on the conversation and tells him, “we’re gonna keep hanging out, we’re gonna be friends”.

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Chilli questions if Rome even lived in the United States. “So, let’s just say if we were to date, hypothetically, how on earth would that work?”. Rome laughs just as his delivery of flowers for Chilli arrives.

Mya and Pretty Vee hit the gym and have some girl talk. Mya admits that she has lacked real sisterhood due to her childhood, growing up with brothers and being bullied in high school. “That type of experience made me isolated from females for such a long time”, Mya says.

The ladies meet in the dining room in the evening for a meal. “We’re missing two people, what’s going on?”, Chilli questions, noticing the absence of Kim and Tiffany. Lil’ Kim makes her grand entrance, shortly followed by Tiffany, who is wearing a hat with her name on it, to poke fun at Mya forgetting her name.

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“Really? This reminds me of when I was a kid”, Mya sighs. “I got teased a lot. So, I don’t find this as funny like everybody else does”. Mya explains to the table that she did not forget and that she just wanted Kim to introduce her best friend.

Lil’ Kim wasn’t taking kindly to being included into the situation. “With that being said, she still introduced Charly”, implying that they are both her friends so both should have been announced by Mya. “I just didn’t know how to introduce her”, Mya replies. “You still should have said her name”, Kim insists.

Mya says Lil’ Kim was the star and should have introduced her as the crowd want to hear from her, too. “She likes you a lot, she likes your music, you should have shouted her out, I don’t understand it, and I don’t like that, I hate that”, a frustrated Kim replies, before leaving the table abruptly.

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Tiffany and Char go to check on Kim. Mya later goes in to see if Kim is okay. “I’m not here to single out anybody, I’m not here to play anybody, that’s not in my character”, Mya tells Kim and Tiffany.

The other girls at the dinner table are growing concerned at the absence of Kim, Mya, Char and Tiffany. “They’ve been gone for a long time”, Chilli says. “I’m not going up there, though”.

Lil’ Kim decides to stage a fake fight with Mya to play a prank on the others downstairs. Mya and Kim storm downstairs screaming at each other. “Don’t ever talk to me like that, I’m from D.C.!”, Mya screams at Kim. “I’m from Brooklyn, bitch! What you wanna do?”, Kim screams back at Mya, in front of their shocked guests.

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Mya and Lil’ Kim get in each other’s faces at the table, forcing Chilli to jump in and hold Mya back, while Pretty Vee and B. Simone hold Kim. The two pranksters began laughing hysterically to let them know it was a joke. “That’s what ya’ll get for making all those crazy jokes”, Mya tells everyone.

“Kim was about to get pistols!”, B. Simone joked. “Alright ya’ll, seriously”, Chilli chimes in. “You got me good. You got me to my heart, girls!”. “Was you trying to pull me back to stop me from reaching to that glass?”, Mya asks. “I was about to get in trouble. I was like, no, no, this is not happening”, Chilli replies.

“I’m looking at Mama Chilli’s face, and I was feeling like we’re gonna get a beating after this! One day she’s gonna get us all in a room and scold us over this”, Kim admits. “I’m real happy that this fight was fake”, Chilli says. “Because I would have jumped right in! You see these guns? I pull them when out when I need to!”

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Lil’ Kim states that she is officially closing the book over the petty drama. “I would never let anything this pointless get between me and my girl Mya”, she says. “Trust me when I say, I ain’t letting anybody on this yacht sink”.

Don’t miss the next episode of ‘Girls Cruise’. Catch it every Monday night at 7/8c on VH1!

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Watch: ‘Girls Cruise’ Episode 2 – Chilli Turns Up, Mya Drama & Visit To Rihanna’s Hometown In Barbados

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It’s week two on the fabulous and unpredictable sisterhood journey that is ‘Girls Cruise’, and the ladies are working on some of their bonding with each other.

B. Simone and Pretty Vee meet up for breakfast and have a heart to heart, to open up more. They don’t want to be judged for being so outrageous despite their church backgrounds, but decide that they are healing people through laughter. They also want Chilli to come out of her shell a bit more.

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Following Lil’ Kim‘s bonding sessions for the girl’s last week, including jetpacking in the ocean and sliding off the side of the yacht, Chilli wants to have a more relaxed approach to bonding, and opts for some massage therapy with Mya.

During the session, they joke about being small breasted. “I don’t have much — itty-bitty-titty community”, Mya laughs. “You can be part of the titty-less crew”, Chilli jests. Chilli recalls that the last time she met Mya, she wasn’t greeted very openly, with a half-hearted hug. “You don’t give good hugs! You gave me that old janky hug”, Chilli tells Mya.

“Let me give you a real hug! A Chilli hug”. “Really?”, Mya replies, surprisingly. “I had some pins in my wardrobe and I didn’t want to prick myself”. “With Mya’s goal in wanting to grow in sistership, we’re gonna start with these hugs”, Chilli tells the camera.

“I didn’t know there was a specific way that women were supposed to hug each other or is there some code?”, Mya questions. “This is why I don’t do girl group situations! I’m misunderstood all the time”, she jokes.

Lil’ Kim and Chilli later call home to speak to their children, whom they miss dearly on the trip. In the meantime, Rome, the fun director, announces that the crew are heading to Oistin’s tonight, where the town is holding it’s annual fish festival event.

Rome asks Mya for a big favor — to perform tonight at Oistins, last-minute, without any preparations or soundchecks. Mya reluctantly agrees. “I’ve gotta let go a little bit, and try new things”, Mya says.

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The crew head down to the Oistins fish festival, and before going to the music venue, they take part in some bull-riding! Chilli coaches Rome to use his abs to stay on the rodeo.

After the boys are done on the bull, Mya explains she’s too focused on her performance to party.

Rome encourages the ladies to get on the dancefloor to show him some sexy moves. “Did somebody say Chilli?”, Rome asks. He persuades Chilli to dance with him, and she doesn’t disappoint!

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“Chilli can be so conservative at times”, Lil’ Kim states. “But I know if can get her to open up a little bit, I know that she’s going to be super lit”.

“This right here is a gift from baby black Jesus”, B. Simone jokes. “I’m so happy to see this TLC Chilli that I grew up with”. “Now, I might not be up for everything that Kim wants us to do on this trip”, Chilli confesses, “but when it comes to dancing, it’s some love right there”.

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Mya is ready for her big performance. But as she gets started on stage, performing her song, “Falling“, from the Moodring album, the power suddenly cuts out!

“This is why I was hesitant to perform in the first place”, Mya states, disapprovingly. The event technicians quickly come to her aid and fix the power situation. Mya continues for round 2 of her performance and wowed the audience.

After her performance, Mya thanks everybody and invites the rest of the ladies to join her on stage. “We’ve got Chilli from the legendary TLC in the house tonight!”, Mya screams. “Lil’ Kim the OG.. my girl Pretty Vee.. my girl B. Simone, we’ve got Charly..”, Mya continues.

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“And Lil’ Kim’s right hand girl, right here”, Mya says when introducing Tiffany, seeming to have forgotten her name. “I’m gonna let Kim introduce her B.F.F”, Mya says and hands Lil’ Kim the mic to say Tiffany’s name.

The crew seem to get worked up over the name mishap. The following morning, Chilli tells Pretty Vee and B. Simone how great the night was. Pretty Vee highlights Mya’s mistake.

“Are you sure she forgot her name?” Chilli questions. “She played it off, though. Kim, you introduce your bestie. It made it more special”.

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“I don’t believe Mya intentionally forgot her name”, Chilli states. “If we all want to connect as sisters, we shouldn’t jump to conclusions. We’ll see”.

The crew head out for a guided tour of Barbados to see where Kim’s long-time friend, superstar Rihanna used to live. Accompanied by drinks free from the devil’s juice!

After locating Rihanna’s house and talking to people who grew up with her, they took photos together and got back in their rides.

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On the drive back, Lil’ Kim questions Mya on how she handled leaving Tiffany out of her shout outs at the show last night. Mya insists she didn’t forget Tiffany’s name, she was just not sure how to address her.

“You gotta explain to me what was going through your mind”, Lil’ Kim asks Mya. “When I called you to the stage, it was the legendary Lil’ Kim”, Mya says. “I felt like after everybody was introduced, you should have taken the mic and said something because everybody was excited to see you”.

Mya informs Kim she wanted her to introduce her own friend because it was special. Kim asked her about introducing Charly. “But he’s a guy. It’s different — to me”, Mya replies.

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Kim felt like not addressing Tiffany singled her out. “I think you need to talk to Tiffany and create a bond”, Kim suggests. “We don’t want it to get to the next level”.

“Mya has never had sisterhood, so I don’t think she knows how to handle the situation”.

Do you think Mya forgot Tiffany’s name or just wanted Kim to address her own friend?

Episode 2

Concert, Interview, Lifestyle

Chilli On Co-Headlining with Nelly, TLC’s Musical, Celibacy & ‘Girls Cruise’

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TLC is coming home to the ATL!

Chilli took a moment to talk to Melissa Ruggieri for AJC just days ahead of TLC’s second date in Atlanta, on their fourth national tour in 5 years, this time with the boys — Nelly and Flo Rida!

T-Boz and Chilli perform a fresh mix of their hits on July 24 at the Cellairis Amphitheatre in Atlanta. Find out what to expect on the latest tour, as well as celebrating album anniversaries, celibacy and more!

Q: You did the “I Love the ‘90s: The Party Continues” tour a couple of summers ago and now you’re heading out with Nelly and Flo Rida. Do you like these group tours and getting to hang out with other artists?

A: Because I’m an artist, I love it. When (TLC) first got started, we always did fun things together – with Boyz II Men, Destiny’s Child, Christina Aguilera. It makes for a fun tour. People get to see everybody that they love and it makes it more exciting. We’ve done a few tours with Nelly before, he was on (2015’s) “The Main Event” tour with us, and we did some shows together in Australia. But this is our first time working with Flo. He is the sweetest guy. He is so polite, always on time, his people respond so fast to email. He’s so professional, which is the way it should be, but it’s usually not that way. He’s very humble. I love people like that.

Q: Since the tour is just starting, do you know if there will be any interaction among the three acts during the show?

A: We thought about that and had some cool ideas before the tour started, but we couldn’t get anybody on board. We are creative and think outside of the box and everybody doesn’t always think like that, and that’s OK. We really did want to do something very different. It would have started a new trend. Maybe we’ll wind up doing it on another tour with someone else. But it’s all good. All of us are very blessed to have these great songs that people love and it means different things to them.

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Q: Where does TLC land in the performance lineup?

A: We’re co-headlining with Nelly, so we’ll take turns with closing. I really love the second spot (in a show) because everybody is in their seats and they’re energized. As it gets later and later you get tired and it’s hot. You’re still enjoying the concert, but it’s a lot different than an hour earlier.

Q: Atlanta is only the second date of the tour, so it will hardly feel as if you’ve left home.

A: It’s always nice to have your folks there. It makes me sing and dance a little harder.

Q: This is the 25th anniversary year of “CrazySexyCool” and 20th anniversary of “Fan Mail.” When you think back on those records, what comes to mind?

A: It is a blessing. There are a lot of amazing songs that are great for the moment, but they don’t have the lyrics to endure. When you make these songs when you’re recording them, you don’t know they have these legs – only time tells you that. We’re blessed to have a few songs like that…When I see the little girls out there who are, like, 8, and I tell you “No Scrubs” is coming, they are jumping up and down. I wish I could hold all of them and bring them on stage! I never get used it.

Q: It’s so cool to see everyone from Weezer (“No Scrubs”) to Bette Midler (“Waterfalls”) covering your work.

A: And Taylor (Swift) with “Unpretty” and even the coaches on “The Voice,” when they did “Waterfalls” (in 2017). It is such an honor to see that, especially when your peers respect you. It makes us feel good about the body of work.

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Q: What’s this Broadway musical you and T-Boz are working on?

A: (Laughs) I spilled the beans too soon on that! I thought I could talk about it, but I really can’t yet. It’s definitely something we’re currently working on, and it’s a process. But we’re very happy that we’re putting together a team and will be able to check that off the bucket list…The only people who know our story is us. I can sit down and share things with my friends, but it’s still not Tionne telling them, too. Only we can tell our story 100 percent.

Q: Tell me about the experience of being on “Girls Cruise

A: It was actually a very pleasant experience. I would not have signed on to do something like that if it was going to be ratchet. We all love some ratchet TV sometimes, but I don’t want to be a part of anything like that! I spoke to Kim prior to agreeing to do it and I’ve always been in that family with Viacom, so it was nice to reconnect. There were some challenging moments, of course – it’s TV. But I think that the show is definitely something refreshing. You’re still getting reality TV, but it’s positive. We’re not cussing each other out, none of that stuff is going on. I would have jumped off that boat otherwise! I’d be like, I’m done. But it’s just positivity between women; you’ll see that exists, because what you usually see on TV is the complete opposite. We shot it in February. It was a gorgeous yacht. We had a whole team of people helping on the ship. It’s crazy! I was trying to help them!

Q: When did you make the life changes to be celibate and become so spiritual?

A: Honestly, I have gone back and forth through the years. When you know what’s right with the truth and you go against that…maturity can come at any age, and when you really get it, you say this important to me and my faith to God. It’s not easy. I’m a human being. But I put forth every effort to try to do the right thing. I feel really good when I do the right thing. It’s a great feeling. It gives you a different kind of strength that you didn’t know you had. We’re so used to getting into whatever that weakness is and then you give that temptation so much more power. I love sharing the knowledge, especially when it’s something healthy for you. I ultimately want everybody to become their best self. I’m not one of those Christians who’s like, you better read the Bible. It’s a different approach because people are in different places in their lives. The last thing I want to do is push someone away from the truth.