In a recent interview, it sounds Mimi Faust really wishes
she could walk away from “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta,”
but she’s not able to do so for contractual reasons.
Mimi told me in an interview that she is dating someone, but she is refusing to let said person be on camera. She said placing her romances on camera has not been conducive to healthy interactions, that she is willing to risk the wrath of the show producers.
“I don’t think I want to put my business on the television,” she said. Of course, creator Mona Scott Young and her fellow producers “want to be all up in it. I don’t think it’s good for my relationship. It hasn’t worked thus far. I’m not going to keep doing that. I’ll try something different!”
Now the most scathing critique from Mimi came when she was asked if she enjoyed filming. She let it be known that she would love to be doing something else but due to her contract, she isn’t going anywhere, especially if Stevie J and Joseline remain.
When asked how much she enjoys taping the show, Mimi sighed. “It’s a job,” she said. “The enjoyment part? I’ve gotten to know and care and love the people I work with. The producers and the crew that run everything. It’s like a family – a really dysfunctional one nevertheless.”
And given her current contract, she is stuck with the show as long as they want to keep her. “The contracts are tricky,” Mimi said. “That’s all I’m going to say.” She said she didn’t really understand fully what she signed in 2012.
“My first season, I was a complete idiot,” she said. “Six years down the line, I’m learning more and more about the process. I was green. I was naive and stupid.”
And speaking of Joseline, Mimi’s hatred of Joseline goes beyond what we see on TV.
She herself plans to avoid Joseline as much as possible season six after Joseline last season fake cried her way through a scam story in front of Mimi. “Why the hell would I see Joseline?” she said with characteristic disgust. “What world would that make sense?”
Mimi was tempted to go full Mimi on Joseline to me but proclaimed, “I’m not going to do that in this interview. For what? The thing is there’s no limit to the things she will do and have done to me and my daughter and to Stevie. If he wants to forgive her and shack up with her, that’s fine and great. On the other hand, I have no part of me in this world or the next that will forgive or think that things she does is okay, that we’re cool, that it’s alright. I’m not playing that game! She’s a hateful human being. She does some hateful things to my family… I don’t deal with her.”
Mimi then speaks of how she and Stevie J even were cast for the show, citing how they argued all the way to the audition.
She told Stevie J. about it. He didn’t seem to like the idea but showed up anyway. They argued in the entrance area and came into the casting interview in a dark cloud. She recalled Stevie J trying to talk all high and mighty and mystical. “He was calling me names in the hallway, then acting like a saint,” Mimi said. So she told the casting director: “You know his problem? He doesn’t know how to come home at night!”
It seems as if as long as fans of “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta” still tune in to watch the drama unfold, Mimi will be there…much to her detriment.
And she knows why the show still likes her. She can get amped up and the producers know how to get that out of her. “My pain,” she admitted, “is for your entertainment.” And while she gets a nice paycheck, she sometimes wonders if the trade off is worth it.