Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Tamia Speaks on "Beautiful Surprise", Marriage to Grant Hill & Basketball Wives

Canadian R&B starlet Tamia spoke with The Huffington Post recently concerning her latest single, "Beautiful Surprise", her marriage to NBA player Grant Hill, and her views on the popular television reality series Basketball Wives...

On naming her album Beautiful Surprise:
It's not just the track that was the reason why I named the album "Beautiful Surprise." It's just sort of really [about] life's beautiful surprises. There've been so many beautiful surprises in my life. And certainly I always want to look at the positive things in life, and I think that's important for your mental health and your physical health to obviously keep things positive.  
But also in life there are so many beautiful surprises. And being able to be in this business for as long as I've been, and being able to have a healthy family and beautiful children and a great husband. Certainly we all have our ups and downs, but really doing something that I love, which is music, and have the fans really support me in that. So to me that's what it was about, the beautiful surprise of life. 

On how she and husband Grant Hill keep their marriage alive:
I always say, "What works in one marriage may not work in the next. So definitely keep your eyes focused on your own relationship." I think it's important to understand that you guys are going to grow. Obviously, I'm not the same person that I was at 24, and he's not the same person that he was. But we also together allowed each other to grow as well and stay connected at the same time. And I think that's important. And obviously, communication is super important. And at the end of the day we just love being with each other and being really good friends. 

Her thoughts on the Basketball Wives franchise:
Well, I think the perception is definitely not a reality. I think, to be fair, a lot of those women [on the show] aren't wives. And I'm good friends with Shaunie. And as far as business is concerned, I applaud her, but I think that it's definitely very misleading in terms of what our lives are about. I do have a lot of friends who are married to athletes, and a lot of these women are involved in charities, doing all kinds of things behind the scenes and are supportive wives, and -- believe it or not -- have supportive husbands who are really great guys. I think not only for the women, but I think it just paints a really bad picture about the men as well. I think for athletes in general, people are like, "Why would you want to marry an athlete?" And that goes back to what I was saying to you: what works in one person's marriage, may not work in the next. So keep your eyes focused on yours! I guess it's interesting TV, but it's definitely not reality.
I appreciate artists like Tamia for keeping it real and not being afraid to speak their minds. I totally agree with her on BBW being a show of ex-girlfriends and baby mamas and I refuse to feed into it, although I think it was a good business move for Shaunie. Read more of the article here.

I'm really looking forward to hearing the new album from Tamia and looking forward to her upcoming video to "Beautiful Surprise" featuring her hubby Grant Hill. I think they are the cutest couple and wish them many more years of happiness. Check out some more pics of the happy couple below.


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