Black Ink Crew’s Ceaser Emanuel is doing a bit of reflection and taking a journey to the past. Ceaser was the first guest to appear on the inaugural episode of hosts Jim’s World and Rap Is A Martial Art’s Rare Knomads podcast, where he took some time to speak on his relationship with his former fiancee, Dutchess Lattimore.
Fans of the show got more than their fair share of a glimpse into the couple’s love life. Ceaser and Dutchess provided an open invitation to fans into their relationship, as the reality show would focus on the many highs and tumultuous lows. The two dated for a while before becoming engaged in 2015, before ultimately calling it quits in 2016.
Although they have been broken up for years with seemingly zero chance of repairing their relationship or friendship, Ceaser admits on the podcast that losing his fiance was the “most defining loss” of his life. “You know the funny thing is, I never really thought about that s–t until you really said that s–t,” Ceaser confessed. “But my most defining loss of my life I have to say was is when I lost my fianceé. Because you know… it’s not the fact that you know what I mean, me and her split and all that over s–t. It was the fact that, knowing when you had somebody who like…Jim knows, we from the hood. There’s a lot of things we didn’t grow up knowing like logistics of business and s–t like that.”
Emanuel went on to explain that it really affected him in that he wasn’t able to share things about his business with his then partner any longer. He added, “So when she left, I had to start second-guessing everything you feel me? Because I didn’t know business. I had two shops at the time, and I’m just still trying to figure it out. But that loss made me who I am right now because I was forced to figure it out. I didn’t have to rely on someone like, ‘Yo, could you do this for me? Could you do this for me so I could succeed?’”
The light at the end of the tunnel for him, he says, is that the loss helped to define the man that he is today. “Now it’s like God put me in a position that basically, ‘N-gga, don’t ever rely on nobody. You got this s–t,’” said the Black Ink Crew star and shop owner. “And at that point is when I started expanding. As soon as she left, three months later, I opened up Black Ink Atlanta. And then from then, I haven’t stopped opening up shops. That’s why it bummed me out you asked me that question because I really never ever thought about that s–t until right now because that loss in itself helped propel me to the man I am right now.”