It’s no surprise that Jeezy and The Real co-host Jeannie Mai are in deeply in love and getting ready to walk down the aisle in holy matrimony. The couple met while Jeezy was a guest on the talk show and soon began to date, keeping their relationship private. Their love for one another wouldn’t be able to be kept hidden for too long, and they eventually let the world in on their relationship in 2019.
Before making an official announcement, rumors began to surface of the two hanging out and being close, only heightening when reality star Malika Haqq posted a photo of the two on what appeared to be a date. Because of the chatter and true to the show’s name, her co-hosts took the opportunity to instigate the rumor, putting Mai in the spotlight.
Addressing the matter, the talk show host replied, “Jeezy and I hang out. He’s very special to me, so we don’t have a label to define what it is we’re doing. We’re just having a good time together,” she said at the time. “Real fam, you know I always keep it a little too real at this table. I promise you that when there is that one special boo, you will be the first to know from me.”
The two finally became comfortable with making their relationship known to the public, walking the red carpet together at Jeezy’s SnoBall Gala in Atlanta. Mai, who was recently married to Freddy Harteis for 10 years, and the “Seen It All” rapper shortly took their courtship to the next level, announcing their engagement. “We both went through enough in our life to connect on the understanding that love should feel safe, honest, and pure,” Mai said to People. “Immediately that was a magnetic attraction. We are very attracted to each other’s passions to serve. So because we have a mutual joy of having purpose, we’re going to find a way to do that together.”
While some fans congratulated the couple on the great news, others found fault in their upcoming union. “Something about her doesn’t sit right with my spirit but congrats,” one user commented on The Shade Room’s post on their engagement, while another wrote, “She said black men were just to have on the side though, not for serious relationships but oh ok congrats I guess.”
The comment referring to “black men on the side” was in reference to infamous comments in a 2014 segment on interracial dating made by Mai on the daytime talk show referring to black men as “dark meat” and liking it “on the side”.
“I loved Black guys! I did, I did. But for me, dark meat on the side,” she said. “White keeps me mean and lean, you know? That’s why I married white. That’s what I like.” Her co-hosts were noticeably shocked, and found fault in her comments, prompting Mai to elaborate. “What I’m saying is I really do think Black men are attractive. When I think about men, I like dark men. I used to date Black men. I think they’re attractive. But when I decided to stick to – because it just kept me happiest – was my man Freddy, who just happens to be White.”
Nevertheless, the couple pressed on and continue to move forward on their journey to Mr. and Mrs. Jay Wayne Jenkins. Jeezy, who recently released his tenth studio album The Recession 2 on Friday, had a recent conversation with The Morning Hustle where he discussed their relationship and explained that the two spoke about the offensive comments early on in the process of them getting to know one another.
“I’m a tell you how real she is. Before we even started dating, we had that conversation. First thing, when we really talked, she sat me down,” Jeezy began in response to host Lore’l. “She said, ‘Listen, it was something I said, and it might have gotten taken out of context, and I want you to listen to it in its entirety.’ I did.”
The Atlanta rapper, who recently participated in a highly anticipated Verzuz battle with rival rapper Gucci Mane, continued, “I know her people. I know her family. I ain’t never felt no sense of racism,” the rapper said on the radio show. “She comes from the Bay. That’s Black culture. She knows E-40 better than me!”