Posted on May 2, 2012 By admin
Despite what you see every Monday night on Vh-1's "Basketball Wives L.A.," there are many things you don’t know about its star, Jackie Christie.
AMBERmag.com: What made you decide to become a member of the L.A. franchise?
Jackie Christie: I was approached by the producers and I checked with my husband and while he was a little cautious about it at first I didn’t have any trepidations because I liked everybody [who was being considered]. I live in L.A. and I have a message and I hope viewers can see my message through everything in the show.
AMBERmag.com: What are the most common misconceptions people have about being married to a "baller"?
JC: I think that people don’t take into account the sacrifice that a woman has to go through. We have to be a supportive partner and sometimes put things that are near and dear to us on hold to be there for our spouse and children.
AMBERmag.com: You've been married for 16 years, was there ever a time when your marriage hit a wall? And if so, how did you to overcome it?
JC: No, never. Doug and I have always remained committed to our commitment and by doing so we don’t allow failure to be an option.
AMBERmag.com: Was it love at first sight for you and your husband?
JC: Yes, at least for me it was. However, we didn't immediately get into a relationship. In our book "No Ordinary Love" we talk about our journey and how we went through what lots of couples go through before deciding to get married.
AMBERmag.com: Tell us about the book?
JC: When we started to write our first book, it was because we wanted to squash the rumors about our marriage. There was so much from my life and we gave tips to other couples and I found that writing was a definitely passion. I love being able to share my experiences by writing. My mission in life is to help people and writing is a way to spiritually connect and mentally connect with everyone.
AMBERmag.com: How did the rumors start?
JC: It started with a female reporter who was being flirtacious with my husband and I told her you’re never going to win this, but you are going to respect us. And she put that rumor out there that I was controlling and I was a bitch, etc. I let her know that wasn’t cool. The problem was this is who we are. Doug and I love each other and respect our marriage. What is so weird about that? We just ignored it at first, but then there were so many rumors. Thankfully, it never affected our relationship because we are happily married and after a few years, those same reporters who helped spread the rumors had a change of heart. A lot of them called to apologize about what they originally wrote about our marriage.
AMBERmag.com: What are some of the keys to keeping a marriage intact?
JC: We have five main tips to keeping our marriage healthy and strong: respect, communication, honesty, loyalty and intimacy. It’s 16 years later and we’re still going strong.
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