Kimbella Vanderhee is VH1’s hit series Love And Hip-Hop‘s most controversial new star, and she isn’t apologizing.
Kimbella is a model, video vixen and the mother of Dipset rapper Juelz Santana’s youngest son.
The Love And Hip-Hop supertrailer showed fans a glimpse of a brutal fist fight she had with Jim Jones’ longtime girlfriend Chrissy Lampkin and the drama doesn’t stop there. Kimbella’s not really on the good side of most of her castmates, but she isn’t remorseful.
Instead of focusing on the drama, Kimbella is focusing on her budding pop career as a singer and actress.
GlobalGrind caught up with the feisty beauty to talk about Fabolous, Juelz, the infamous fight with Chrissy Lampkin, love, and hip-hop!
Check out the exclusive interview below!
GlobalGrind: Tell us a little bit about how you got involved with the show.
Kimbella: I was scouted by Vh1. They were looking for someone extreme. I have a relationship with Juelz Santana and we have a child together. So we have a really nice family. With my stuff that’s going on, I’m transitioning from modeling into singing and acting. I’m building my Bella brand. So it made me a good character for the show.
Would you describe yourself as being an extreme person?
An extreme person? I could be. I could be really cool and laid back. Or I could be a bombshell. So I would say I’m an extremist. Yes.
Can you tell us a little bit about your relationship with Juelz? Are you two currently together?
Yeah. We’ve been together since you guys have known of us being together. Yes, we are happily together. Our son is 14 months. I have another child who’s nine. So we have one big happy family. It’s really good.
How is he as a dad? Is he one of those play ball on the lawn type dads?
Yes he is, it’s really funny. You know him as this rap artist, hardcore. But really with his kids, it’s like he’s in awe all day, all night with his kids. It’s really nice to see that different side of him all the time. I don’t see him as Juelz Santana. I see him as a father and as my man.
How did you start out modeling?
I really got started back in 2003, but I didn’t launch out into becoming a professional model until 2009 when I was first published in Smooth magazine. And that’s where it really lifted off from.
Do you have any highlights during your career as a model?
I’ve done more than a handful of videos. I wasn’t really big on doing videos. For one, they were long hours and the money wasn’t enough even if you’re doing 14 hours a day for a video. I just pursued doing print work, meaning being on the covers of Black Men’s Magazine and being featured in XXL and Gorgeous and Urban Ink – all of the men’s magazines I was featured in. From there I met Juelz, so I slowed down a little bit. I wanted to focus on building a relationship with him and also I did want to transition from that to acting, which I’m actually doing now. I’m transitioning into becoming a pop artist and also acting and building my Bella brand.
The preview for season two starts off with a fight between you and Chrissy when you told Emily that you dated Fabolous. How did you meet Fab? How did you first get involved with him?
Oh wow. I don’t want to give any detail on Fab. I don’t want to give him any 15 minutes of fame. I’m in a really happy relationship. But that’s really what it is. I dated him. That’s it. There’s nothing else to say. I admitted it on national TV.
Did you know about Emily?
No, I didn’t. If I knew, I wouldn’t have f*cked with him. I wouldn’t deal with him. I just want you guys to tune in on Monday, every Monday, and you guys will see for yourself exactly what happened, why it happened, how it happened, and the outcome from everything and the aftermath.
So how’d you feel when the first view that people are seeing of you on the show is you getting into this fight with Chrissy?
That was in the supertrailer. Once you guys tune in on Monday, it’ll be a full one hour episode, and you’ll see a lot of different things happening. That was a big situation that did happen unfortunately. But of course I didn’t expect for that to happen because she was so close to being in my family because of Juelz and Jim’s relationship. Editing is a bitch. So I wasn’t happy with it at all. I’m going to just chill until I see the first episode.
You said that Chrissy was almost like a member of your family. Did you guys have any bad blood before the show?
Me and Chrissy knew of each other because Jim is her man and Juelz is mine. We just met each other on the show pretty much. I thought that we would have some type of a sisterhood, really. My whole reason for coming to meet the women was to try to have some type of unity and try to hold everyone together because we are all going through the same thing. There’s nothing hidden about that. We are basically hip-hop wives. It’s a struggle. I keep it real and I feel like that’s what everyone needs to do.
What else do you have on your radar outside of Love & Hip-Hop?
I’m launching my pop career. I’m in the studio recording as we speak, so I’m super excited about that. Besides that, I’m also launching a Bella brand. Basically that’s gonna be a line of watches, t-shirts, and starting off maybe going into a clothing line and accessories and things of that sort. I do have an eye for style, so I think a lot of women out there will be excited to see what I have in store.