In an exclusive interview with ESSENCE, Lisa Raye is attempting to clear her tarnished image. She says that she’s not a gold digger and never claimed to be ‘hood’ since her father was a multimillionaire that owned hotels, motels and other various properties on the South Side of Chicago.
ESSENCE.COM: Many balked at your whirlwind romance and marriage and accused you of being an opportunist. How do you feel about that assessment of your character?
LISARAYE: First of all, I’m a fan of love and partnership. I would say this to my critics: If a man comes to you there obviously has to be a connection. I had a man who’s smart and powerful and who I fell in love with. He’s embracing my family. Add the fact that I have an opportunity to bring tourism to his country and be involved in something historical. Who in the hell would say no? But what scared me was the idea of being First Lady?
ESSENCE.COM: What frightened you about assuming that role?
LISARAYE: I knew nothing about being a First Lady or politics. I’m thinking, What am I going to have to change? I’m on a successful sitcom, my daughter is in high school and I’m the breadwinner. What am I going to do? Then Prince Charming comes my way and I’m saying, “God, did You send this man to me to take me away like Calgon”.
The best part of the whole interview was when Lisa says, ‘I like the finer things in life so I don’t make any apologies for the men I choose to date,’ after she says she isn’t a gold digger. So, what should it be called?
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