Last week, rap star Da Brat revealed her partner, Jesseca Dupart, to the world with a heartrendingly emotional post on Instagram.
The following day, Da Brat opened up about her decision to make her relationship with Dupart public on the Rickey Smiley Morning Show on Friday (March 27). Da Brat shared that she was initially hesitant about going public with Dupart because she didn’t want the Kaleidoscope Hair Products CEO and founder to have to deal with scrutiny.
“I have always been an advocate for privacy pretty much to protect the interest of the other party involved. Because if you’re not used to this life, and the scrutiny that comes with it, it can break you,” she explained of her reasoning. “I’ve been talked about for way over 20 years or more, and my coat of armor is pretty thick, so I’ve learned what to say and what not to say, and the battles that I decide to choose to fight...most of the time I just stay silent and let people speculate.”
Da Brat also elaborated that when she first broke through in the industry in the ‘90s, same-sex relationships were not embraced back then. However, her perspective changed after she fell in love with Dupart.
“I’ve never confirmed anything because you know in the 90’s it wasn’t cool. It wasn’t cool back in the day. I’m a little nervous because I’m not really used to talking about this because I’m not a public person when it comes to my personal life,” Da Brat said. “But when you get blessed and somebody who wasn’t even looking loves you like you never been loved before, it’s like a whole different experience. Like Jill Scott says, she loves me from hair follicles down to my toenails.”
As for her romance with Dupart, Da Brat had nothing but words of praise for the level of love and support that she has felt from her girlfriend.
“She inspires me, she believes in me, she motivates me, she accepts me for who I am — my past, my faults, mistakes. We can talk about anything and everything. There’s nothing I can’t talk about with her and it’s just amazing,” Da Brat praised. “On top of that, she spoil [sic] me. I’m already Da Brat, so I’m just blessed all the way around. I’ve never in all my years, and I came out in the 90s, I’ve never really opened up about anything personal because with new levels comes new devils. They out there and they’re coming for us, but we don’t care because we strong and we can get through anything together. I’m very happy to say I have somebody like BB Judy.”
Our hearts couldn’t be any fuller! BET continues to send its congratulations and love to Da Brat and Jesseca!
Listen to Da Brat’s interview on the Rickey Smiley show below: