Broken marriages have always been the hottest topic of gossip among fans of the American entertainment and music industry. The devoted followers are curious to know what happens in the lives of the celebrities when they are off camera. From their love lives to the brands they wear or the cosmetics they use and the places they go, fans are always lurking to learn more and more about their favorite stars. Moreover, in the modern world of social media, some celebrities like to be open and share what goes on in their daily lives when no one is watching.
However, the hottest gossip always comes from power couples and the moves they make to grab the attention of the fans. One such power couple is Love & Hip Hop: New York star Erica Mena and famed rapper Safaree Samuels. Since the beginning of their dating rumours, the couple has managed to attract a lot of attention with their actions and the constant fights that always left the fans wondering how long this relationship would last.
Fans were surprised to see the couple wed in 2019 after expecting the birth of their first child. However, the drama and arguments that followed between Erica and Safaree led to the end of their married life in less than two years. So, what’s the complete story behind the duo’s relationship, and where is it currently? Keep reading ahead to find out!
Who are Erica Mena & Safaree Samuels?
Erica Jasmin Mena is a well-known American TV personality, a video vixen and a former model. She was born on November 8, 1887. She gained recognition through her several appearances in hip-hop music videos as a video vixen for artists such as Chris Brown, Akon, Fat Joe and Fabulous. However, Erica’s big break was her appearances on reality TV shows such as “Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami” and “Love & Hip Hop: New York”. She also tried her hand as an author and released two autobiographies, namely “Chronicles of a Confirmed Bachelorette” and “Underneath It All”.
Mena is openly bisexual and is of Puerto Rican and Dominican descent. She has a son named King Javien Conde with Raul Conde, a rapper and video director. She was also engaged to Bow Wow for a while, but it didn’t end well. She eventually became engaged to rapper and TV star Safaree Samuels in October 2019.
Meanwhile, Safaree Lloyd Samuels is a renowned Jamaican-American rapper, songwriter, entrepreneur and television host. He was born on July 4, 1981 in the borough of Brooklyn, New York. He made his music debut in the early 200’s with a group of Hood stars, including Nicki Minaj, who was not hugely famous at the time. Safaree appeared in two episodes of the VH1 reality show, Love & Hip Hop: Hollywood in 2016 and Love & Hip Hop: New York in 2017, where he ran into Erica Mena.
Samuel was in a relationship with Nicki Minaj from 2000 until their breakup in 2014. Some of Minaj’s songs, including Pinkprint, are said to have been inspired by their breakup. He later got engaged to Erica Mena on Christmas Eve 2018. However, his relationship with Mena also failed after he married her and had two children with her. The couple is currently undergoing divorce proceedings after Erica filed for divorce in May 2021.
The Marriage of Erica Mena and Safaree Samuel: Their love story
Erica Mena and Safaree Samuels first met on VH1’s Sacred Famous. The duo bonded and started dating. Their dating turned into a relationship after the couple signed up for Love and Hip Hop: New York together. In addition, they got engaged during the ninth season of LAHH: Atlanta in December 2018. The couple has been in an on-again, off-again relationship ever since. The duo announced that they were expecting the birth of their first child together in October 2019. Six days later, Erica and Safaree were married at Legacy Castle in New Jersey. Erica gave birth to the duo’s first child Safire in February 2022.
Unfortunately, the constant brawls between the couples on and off the screens and on social media lead Erica to make the decision to divorce Safaree for being careless with her children and not being loyal. She filed for divorce while pregnant with the duo’s second child. The couple officially broke up, but continued to live under one roof for the sake of their children. Furthermore, Safaree has tried several times to mend their relationship by apologizing to Erica for his stupidity. However, it seems that the “irreparably broken” comments describe their relationship perfectly. Hence, the couple is currently going through divorce proceedings, which are expected to end soon.
The Marriage of Erica Mena and Safaree Samuel: Are they still together?
Sadly, the couple decided to split up less than two years after their marriage in October 2019. The couple has always had a shaky relationship, with multiple arguments and attacks on social media. The couple just don’t seem to agree and don’t seem fit to get married.
Samuels is known for bringing his personal life interests on social media platforms. The couple attacks each other with cruel words on several occasions. So their relationship always seemed to be on the brink since they started dating. Many controversies and arguments led Erica to file for divorce in Fayette County Superior Court last May. The couple are officially divorced but still live under the same roof with their daughter Safire and son Legend Brian.
Why did they break up?
The couple has gone through a series of ups and downs over the course of their short-lived married life. Samuels and Erica disagreed several times on the VH1 reality show. One such incident was when their two-year-old daughter was injured, and Safaree smiled instead of taking care of her at the time. Safire was playing guitar when it fell on her head. Erica immediately ran inside after hearing her little girl cry.
However, she became very angry when she saw Safaree laughing out loud instead of helping. The incident frustrated Erica as she imagined what her life would be like. She felt that Samuels was not ready to take on the responsibilities of her children. And that’s why she would be forced to take care of her babies alone, while their father thinks it’s funny. The drama and arguments continued to grow when Erica decided to give up their marriage by filing for official divorce.
Furthermore, the drama still continued even after their divorce. During the divorce hearing, Erica stated that her marriage to Safaree had been “broken irretrievably”. She requested primary custody of her two children and agreed to share joint custody with their father, Safaree. In addition, she also demanded child support and exclusive use of the house they currently share.
In February 2021, Safari mentioned in a deleted tweet that he was running away from his marriage. To him, this marriage felt like the biggest mistake of his life. Erica responded back to his tweet, calling Safaree the most selfish, vain and inconsiderate person. There have been multiple incidents as the fight between Erica and Safaree made it onto Twitter. The most recent one was that Erica backtracked on a comment Safaree made in an interview with Majah Hype in December 2021. Safaree quoted that he is with his children every day and that they know what is going on. Erica took to Twitter and said Safaree was being dishonest about his relationship with the kids. She also said he was on vacation in Jamaica when their second child was born in 2021.
Who are they currently dating?
Even though Erica and Safaree have enough toxicity between them, the duo can’t get enough of each other. After Erica filed for divorce, the couple continued to live under the same roof. In addition, the couple has been featured a number of times at various events. Erica and Safaree were celebrating Halloween with their kids, and he was also spotted at Erica’s birthday party.
Meanwhile, Erica was also seen hosting a divorce party for herself and officially announced herself as single on an Instagram video she posted in September 2021. She was seen with Natalie Nunn, the Bad Girls Club star in the video. In addition, since Erica is bisexual, there may have been something between them. To date, however, nothing has been confirmed.
Meanwhile, amid the divorce filing, Mena had also accused Kaylin Garcia of having an affair with Samuels. Garcia is also another former star of the VH1 reality show. Garcia is a former video vixen and fitness enthusiast who claims to have risen from the ranks of homelessness. Mena openly accused Garcia of flirting with her husband while she gave birth to their second child prematurely. However, Katilyn has denied all of Mena’s allegations regarding her involvement with Samuels.
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