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The Love and Hip Hop franchise continues to shine the light on dysfunctional relationships. This recent Madame Noire article gave a few snippets of Rolling Out’s interview with Benzino and Althea. Here is one part that stood out to me.
Strangely, the pair also confessed to realizing how much they loved one another after Benzino broke into Althea’s house.
“One time, she wouldn’t let me in the crib and I broke the window,” Benzino recalled. “And I climbed through the window.”
“That’s when I knew that he loved me,” Althea added. “And that’s when I knew I loved him.”
“I climbed in and I walked in and she was on the bed and I went and hugged her. But I got through the window. I’m getting through that muthaf—- one way or another. Now I got a key [laughs].”
What bothers me most about these reality shows is the constant portrayal of toxic relating. The behavior is never normal or healthy & it’s definitely not love. Lust, passion, infatuation and greed, but certainly not love. I hate that our youth are possibly being influenced by the madness disguised as love… These shows thrive on continual backstabbing, cheating, lying and gold-digging.
Benzino also says in the article: “I’ve been a player like every other man out there has been a player. But there comes a time when you don’t want to play no more. I think the younger generation needs to see that. I think there’s a big divide as far as how you co-exist in love. I don’t think this younger generation even understands love.”
Congratulations to Benzino on curtailing his player ways, but I question if he truly understands love himself? Breaking and entering into your girlfriend’s home certainly doesn’t sound like love to me. The proper name for this behavior is called a felony, but if Althea likes it, I digress… But, I certainly wouldn’t want that for myself. Would you? If you want to know what love is, here is the best definition that I have ever run across.
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. -1 Corinthians 13: 4-8.