Tiffany Pollard Says People Are Seeing Sister Patterson “the Wrong Way” and the Backlash Is Unfair

"Everyone loves my mom dearly but we all know we have to cater to her, if that makes sense?"

Tiffany Pollard became famous, as the woman named “New York” on Flavor of Love and I Love New York but now the reality star has returned to TV showing a different side of herself on Family Therapy with Dr. Jenn.

In an exclusive interview with VH1, Tiffany opens up about suffering a miscarriage after Family Therapy wrapped, the backlash her mother Sister Patterson has received from the show, and what it was like working with other VH1 stars on The Next :15.

You’ve been back on reality TV in the last few months. Can you kind of break down when you filmed each show?
Tiffany Pollard: I did, Family Therapy first, then I did The Next :15 then I did Celebrity Big Brother.

Are you sick of being called “New York”? Is it exhausting when fans want you to always be at a ten?
I wouldn’t say I am sick of it but to some degree I feel like it’s time to kinda morph into something else, if you will. I never wanna get tired of what I am doing or tired of the way people perceive me. I am really trying to venture out and branch out a little bit more.

Reality TV seems to have changed a bit since you dominated the genre. Was it hard to show the more personal stuff on Family Therapy?
It was definitely hard to make that adjustment but at the same time now I am actually grateful because a lot of people Tweet me that they really love Tiffany, and it just makes me feel way more adult to see that I don’t have to be so over the top to be received. Sometimes when you are doing television you’re like, “Okay, this my moment, let me make it grand, and here I go,” but this show has taken a lot of that out of it for me. I just react as I normally would and don’t have to be at such a high level every time. I just love the fact that people receive me either way.

Was it hard to sign up for this show with your mom, knowing that your relationship would be put under a microscope on TV?
Well, my mom has always supported me, and my brother [in] whatever we wanna do with ourselves. She always supported my stuff on television. Obviously, she has been a huge part of that and we were doing stuff [on I Love New York] at a ten, playing up to the cameras and they are there so you don’t want to come off as stale or boring.

But when we did Family Therapy that was totally different. This is therapy and there has to be truth to therapy and I cannot discredit the show in any way. It was real and I think that we did the therapy for me. I just wanted to communicate better, communicate with her as an adult so that’s why we did it. A lot of that, for me it was my wanting to come on and to learn new techniques and to better our relationship. We have a great relationship but anything can get better.

Your mom has received a lot of criticism. Has it been hard watching the show back and seeing what people say on social media?
Personally, I had a difficult time seeing all of the interviews because I know that my mom is not really like that and how I view her. It just seems like people are seeing stuff and taking it out of context or seeing it the wrong way. That’s my opinion but everybody is entitled to their opinion. At the end of the day it’s about how we feel about each other. I am not trying to sit here and say that everybody is wrong and you know we are the only ones that are right because that’s not fair either but I just think that a lot of the backlash, I didn’t see that coming and I don’t think it’s really fair to her because like I said I don’t view her like that. I am really comfortable and used to my mother, she’s a great mother, but is she a large personality? Absolutely! And I am too and I just feel like a lot of that is really unnecessary.

I know your dad appeared on Flavor of Love, are your parents together?
Um, my mom and dad is an off-limit topic kinda. [Laughs]

You mentioned your mother being a big personality, what is her relationship like with the rest of your family? Does she make the family nervous?
Obviously my family, we love and support one another and everyone loves my mom dearly but we all know we have to cater to her, if that makes sense? If we want things to go smooth and for her to be happy. I mean is there anything wrong with that? I wouldn’t necessarily say there is anything wrong with that. There’s probably one of those people in every household and she’s that person [in ours.]

Are you close with your brother and father?
I mean, absolutely. You grow up and you get busy and you get your own life and at some point you start to raise your own family and your own ideas of what you want. A lot of that is going on with me, but as far as always going home and feeling close? The closeness doesn’t stop like, maybe if I don’t see my family as much as I wish I could but when I go back it’s just like boom, I never left, so I would definitely say I am really close with all my family members.

Was therapy something that came natural to you? Was it something you had experience in your personal life?
No, I was always afraid of therapy because like, in the community therapy is a dirty word. It’s like, “Oh my gosh, you need therapy? I’m pointing the finger at you [like] something’s wrong with you! What do you need medication now?” I never knew therapy could be fun and can be beneficial and I learned so much about myself during the process. It just wound up being a win-win for me and now I am believer of therapy and I think it’s great. Everyone should have someone to talk to that’s on the outside looking in.

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