“POP OFF!” WE ALL KNOW THE PHRASE MADE FAMOUS BY THE POT BANGING BAD GIRL HERSELF TANISHA THOMAS FROM SEASON TWO OF OXYGEN’S HIT REALITY SERIES “BAD GIRLS CLUB”. TANISHA TURNED THAT OPPORTUNITY INTO A BUDDING CAREER IN REALITY ENTERTAINMENT AND IS TAKING VIEWERS SOMEWHERE THEY HAVE NEVER BEEN BEFORE – INSIDE HER HOME. TANISHA’S NEW SERIES ON OXYGEN, “TANISHA GETS MARRIED”, DOES JUST THAT. WE GET AN INSIDE LOOK INTO THE ROAD TO TANISHA’S DREAM WEDDING WITH HER FIANCE’ CLIVE. THEY LIVE WITH HER MOM, SHE HAS INCLUDED THREE FORMER BAD GIRLS IN HER WEDDING PARTY, AND NEITHER FAMILY WANTS THE TWO TO GET MARRIED. COME HELL OR HIGHWATER TANISHA IS GETTING WHAT SHE WANTS AND THAT IS HER GLAMOROUS DREAM WEDDING TO HER BEAU OF SEVEN YEARS. TANISHA DISHES WITH THEHIPHOPDIVA ON HOW IT IS TO LIVE WITH HER MOM, WHY THEIR LOVED ONES DON’T WANT THEM TO BE TOGETHER, AND WHAT HER DREAM WEDDING LOOKS LIKE.
HHD: Four years ago you traveled from Brooklyn to LA for the second season of Bad Girls Club. Here you are today with your own show on Oxygen. Why did you decide to do the Bad Girls Club and did you think this would be the end result?
TT: I decided to do the Bad Girls Club because I’ve always been a bad girl. Everyone that I knew was telling me to audition for the show. It turned out to be the perfect place where I belonged. When I did the show I never would have thought it would have opened up so many doors for me. I never thought I would be the breakout star of the Bad Girls Club.
HHD: Speaking of your career in entertainment, I’ve read that it’s not what your mom had in store for you. Is this something that you’ve always wanted to do and is she now okay with it?
TT: I come from a Caribbean family and they’re all about going to school, getting a degree, and working a corporate job. But, I never saw myself as a behind the desk kind of girl. She would have loved it if I became a doctor or lawyer or something of that realm. But I’ve always wanted to be in front of a camera for as long as I can remember. As a little girl, I originally wanted to be a journalist. Now, I’m hosting shows so in a way I kind of ended up with what I wanted. [My mom] still has her reservations about the reality TV thing. Her thing is the public can be really brutal and she feels like I should have something to fall back on, which I’m working on right now.
HHD: Staying along the lines of your mother, you and your man Clive live with her? Is that still the case?
TT: My mom lives with me. I pay all the bills. Yes, we live in my mom’s house, in the basement on the bottom floor. Trust me, my mom is not going to have me making this kind of money and not pay for everything.
HHD: Why did you two decide on this living situation and how has that been working out for you?
TT: It just kind of happened. I left home at 15 and never came back until later on when I had some issues. I was 19 years old when I came back home and my mom said I could come back but I had to give her some rent money. I was like, okay, no problem. At the time I was dating Clive and he had some issues at home. He had a huge falling out with his brother and he came by me for one night. One night turned into a week, a week turned into a month, a month turned into a couple of months, and the next thing I know he was moving all of his stuff in. My mom was like that’s fine but I’m going to have to charge you double.
HHD: Staying on Clive, you two have been together for seven years. Why is right now the right time to get married?
TT: Honestly, after seven years, it’s that middle ground. You really know the person; we’ve been together for a minute. I’m a huge daddy’s girl; my dad and I are very close. I wanted to make sure that I got married before anything happened to him because he is very ill. Initially I was trying to get married so that he would be able to walk me down the aisle but he fell very ill and he wasn’t able to. He made me promise him that I would get married soon. He did have a conversation with Clive about making it official. It was great to know that Clive took heed to that conversation.
HHD: It seems like both of your families have a problem with your union. What is everybody’s beef with you two being together?
TT: My friends and family think I could do so much better. They think I could be with someone who has a better job, a little bit more ambition, who can drive, and have more money. His family’s not okay with the fact that I’m a former bad girl. They think I’m too much. They think I’m too opinionated and that I’m going to hurt Clive. But I’m like ya’ll don’t know Clive like I know Clive – hold on. There’s a reason why we’ve lasted for seven years. Everybody needs to be quiet and mind their own business. We’re grown, we’ve been together for years, and we got this.
HHD: He proposed to you on Christmas. Tell us the engagement story.
TT: Oh my gosh, I was sitting at the table, minding my own business, eating a cupcake. He comes over and starts talking to me. I’m like, “Are you really interrupting this moment?” And he goes, “You know I don’t want to spend another day without you.” And I was like, “Why are you rambling on?” I was in a bad mood because every Christmas he usually has a lot of gifts for me under the tree. But this Christmas there was nothing. He gets down on one knee and honey I don’t even remember! I just grabbed the ring. I didn’t even let him finish.
HHD: Did you say yes?
TT: Yes, I said yes like five minutes later after I checked out the ring and made sure that it was to my liking. I was proud of Clive. It felt great.
HHD: You put three bad girls in your wedding party. When you made that decision you had to know there would be drama. What were you thinking?
TT: I don’t know what I was thinking honey. Now initially I had just invited Flo and Amber. Natalie and I we go back. We had some issues and I decided to extend an invitation to her with the understanding that we would hash out some of our differences that caused us to separate in the first place. I knew that Natalie and Flo had one of the biggest feuds in BGC history. But I was hoping that everyone would put their differences aside and have a good time. I had no idea they would try to make it my funeral honey. They turned that mutha out! They turned my wedding upside down.
HHD: You’re now 26 but you’ve been planning your wedding since you were five years old. What does Tanisha’s perfect wedding look like?
TT: It’s just a bunch of glitz and a lot of glam. Just extra everything – extra snacks, extra desserts, extra sparkle, and extra glam. I really wanted that day to be a reflection of what I saw as a little girl.
HHD: Tell us what we can expect from the show.
TT: This is the first time people will see me in my real element.
HHD: What is your definition of a hip hop diva?
TT: That’s me honey all the way! I’m from BK! I rep Jay Z, Busta Rhymes, Biggie Smalls, Lil Kim…..I think a hip hop diva is someone who has a love and appreciation for all things hip hop and they are fly. They keep it cute but not afraid to get gangsta when necessary.