Malaysia Pargo’s has had her friends Brandi Maxiell and Bambi join her in the crazy on Basketball Wives LA. VH1 chatted with Malaysia about what it’s like to bring new women around the group of girls and how the cameras can change and deepend those relationships.
Your friend Brandi Maxiell joined Basketball Wives last year but that’s your real friend, right? Or is it a reality show type of friend?
That’s my real life friend, we’ve been friends for over ten years. With or without the show, we’ll still have this kind of relationship that you guys get a glimpse into, and you only see the half of it. We do have an amazing bond, she’s like my real life sister.
Has your friendship changed, good or bad, having cameras follow you?
We probably have gotten closer, because we rely on one another, and we’ve been going through a similar situation [with marriage troubles]. So, we help each other through. We’ve gotten closer because we had to tape the show for over six months and we actually had the chance to be in the same city for that long. Normally, we don’t have the chance to be in the same city for that long.
And what about Bambi Benson? Do you keep in touch with her now that she lives in Atlanta and is on Love & Hip Hop?
Yes! Bambi is my real life friend and I’ve known her longer, we’ve known each other since high school. We actually lived down the street from one another growing up, so I still speak to her, every single day and she’s not going anywhere.
Do you watch Love & Hip Hop Atlanta?
[Laughs] I do. I watch it for her. For her and for Tammy [Rivera] and for Scrappy.
Is it hard to watch your friend’s love life play out on TV? Do you think she and Scrappy are the real deal despite their drama?
I know they’re the real deal. I interact with them a lot and I see their love. You know it’s hard having love on the TV so that they’ve been able to sustain it and I’m proud of them. I’m rooting for them to get to the finish line. Sometimes some of the stuff on the show can make my skin crawl. And sometimes I think I’m going to have to go to jail the way I hear some people talking about my best friend so it irritates me but I work it out. I work it out, I pray, and I let God handle it so that I won’t get in trouble. [Laughs]