For the past few years, Yandy Smith-Harris has been busy as an entrepreneur and mother. It hasn’t been easy holding down the fort alone while her husband Mendeecees Harris serves his prison sentence. But her one-woman show isn’t going to last much longer because, according to a recent interview with The Breakfast Club, Mendeecees will be home very soon.
Despite reports that his request for reduced time was denied by the judge, Yandy claims he’ll be a free man in 2019.
“He’ll be home next year. Collectively [he’s been away] almost five years…It’s a drop in the bucket to a lifetime you have to spend together.”
Yandy also got emotional when discussing her foster daughter Infinity. Back in August, the reality star revealed that she’d started the process of legally adopting her. While the process hasn’t yet been finalized, Yandy reveals that she was deeply hurt by online trolls claiming she was only taking Infinity in to gain clout. At one point, she even breaks down in tears over the vicious comments.
“That hurts me to my core [when people said this was a publicity stunt.] My children are babies. You think I’m gonna put them in danger because I want a publicity stunt? This isn’t something that stops when the cameras stop. At 5am, I take her to school. I have ACS [Administration for Children’s Services] on my back. Just thinking about it makes me emotional [sobs]. She has to see these comments, and I never want her to feel like I’m doing this because of a storyline.”
Another tidbit from the interview is Yandy’s last season’s confrontations with Erika and Samantha, the mothers of Mendeecees’s other sons. She says that although she tries to keep it cool, calm and collected on screen to protect her brand, the struggle to keep the children together took her out of her element…and almost made her quit the show.
“That whole baby mama season really took me out of my character. I really can’t play too much when it comes to my kids and my man. It’s touchy for me. I get a little different and the Grant Projects come out of me. But every night when I laid down I was hurt. I wanted to off camera call them and be like, ’can we just get along and bring the kids together?’ But because it was TV, I felt like [they] might record my conversation or post this on Instagram.”
Hear Yandy get vulnerable on other subjects like her relationship with Juelz and Kimbella and Mona Scott Young in the full interview below: