He Said/She Said is an original series on HelloBeautiful where we ask celebrities who
are brave enough stop by our office, to answer questions about love, dating or sex and they’re brutally honest.
If you’re watching Love & Hip Hop Atlanta, then you’ll see that former Dirty Money singer, Kalenna and her husbandger (maybe now just husband?) Tony Vick have quite a few marital issues that led them to breaking up their working relationship. With the addition of a new baby, Noah, the Vicks have found the glue to repair their bond.
The happy couple stopped by #TeamBeautiful’s office to give us the skinny on what’s keeping them thriving and in love and their honesty was not only refreshing, but helpful.
HelloBeautiful: The advantages and disadvantages of working with your spouse?
Kalenna Vick: You guys become what God wants you to be, a unit, one. The advantages? You have two touching and most of the time agreeing on a dream you both vision in your hearts and head so it makes getting to even the more enjoyable! I love that I have a husband that supports my dreams. He’s head over heels about it all as well. The steps become a lot more ordered, so they’re a lot more concentrated and they have more purpose. That doesn’t mean that it’s easy. The shit gets hard.
The lines can become blurred at times, meaning business and personal can sometimes drag each other down on either side of the road!
Tony Vick: The downfalls of working with your spouse is you never have a complete day off but the advantages are get to spend lots of time with the love of your life. Kalenna and I spend lots of time together so that helps us with trust but I think the respect that we have for each other is so strong and that keeps it all together.
HB: How do you separate the business from the personal?
KV: You can’t compartmentalize it because, come on, he’s my best friend and my husband. If something goes wrong–that’s like your husband working in the financial district and you’re a doctor. No matter what, you guys are going to talk about it on the pillow. We talk about things. We give each other advice, opinions and perspectives on why things happen and what needs to happen to make things better–that’s business, right? It becomes personal because we’re in it together, so when we go in a meeting, this is how we handle it. It’s best friends working together. We have the same goal we’re trying to reach. That’s what makes it more powerful.
HB: How have things changed from dating to marriage?
KV: When I met my husband and we were dating, I already knew he was my husband, so I always acted that out in our relationship! But making it official was special because I felt he meant every promise to me as he looked in my eyes and said, ‘I do!’ We are definitely closer spiritually.
TV: When I decided to marry Kalenna, I made an oath to be completely devoted to her. When we [were] dating we lived like we were married, but our relationship was missing something. Even though we loved each other I felt like I didn’t have her totally, and after having a conversation with her Dad, he told me to make it official!
HB: How have things changed with the baby?
KV: Noah is our love child! Me and Tony were going through somethings in our relationship and were kinda drifting and it was the chase of money and status. One night we looked deep in each other’s eyes and we reminded each other why we would never leave each other and voila! Baby Noah! And he has made me fall in love with my husband all over again just watching them sleep and snuggled and playing together, I’m so blessed!
We are really close. This baby for us together has been a blessing because we spend a lot of time with Noah. He’s probably one of the happiest babies. When he wakes up, he smiles at daddy and mommy. He doesn’t know the separation. When he sees me, he’s like, ‘Where’s daddy?’ He’s looking around the room. Me and Tony share the responsibility. At night, even if I’m working, I may get home 12:30, 1 a.m., I’ll grab the baby. I know I’m sleeping with the baby–we’ve got our own little feng shui of how we handle things. He’ll make the bottles, go get the diapers, I’ll change them, it’s a collaborative effort and it’s dope. I think we’re closer than ever because of Noah. He came at a perfect time.
TV: Our son Noah has helped us find another level of love for one another! He’s a love child! Kalenna and myself were making up on season three when she got pregnant! Noah helped me fall even deeper in love with Kalenna!
HB: What’s your favorite thing about Tony/Kalenna?
KV: He’s a great best friend. He’s funnier than Kevin Hart, he’s handsome, loves God and his family. He respects me and always has my back, ’til death do us part! My husband can walk in the room and I can just melt. I think he’s so handsome. He’s one of the smartest guys I know. He can count really fast and that’s so sexy to me. The beefcake is on point. Shoutout to the beefcake. He’s a great guy. He cooks, cleans, fixes cars, fishes, he’s amazing. If something happened to my husband, another guy would have big shoes to fill.
TV: I still lust for my wife and can’t spend large amounts of time away from her. She’s my fix! I love how loyal my wife is to me and she’s just an amazing person with all the attributes: beauty, body, brains and talent.
DO IT FOR THE GRAM: 20 Most Stylish Instagram Couples
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1. Beyonce and Jay Z
Hip hop's royal couple rules Instagram, and Jay Z's not even on the social network. We wait with baited breath for every update from Beyonce, and she posts enough to prove she's still very much drunk in love.
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2. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
A true fashion couple, it's rare that you see an Instagram post from Kim Kardashian with her boyfriend that doesn't include designer credits for everything they're wearing.
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3. Will Smith and Jada Pinkett-Smith
Blink and you could have missed the day Jada Pinkett-Smith was on Instagram but in that short time span, she managed to post the most fun and fashionable couple picture ever.
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4. Ciara and Future
A self-proclaimed tomboy, Ciara's met her match in Future. In sneakers and sportswear, the duo are too cool for swimwear, even at the beach.
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5. Diddy and Cassie
Diddy's always been about suits and bow ties and in Cassie, he's finally met a girl that matches his fly.
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6. Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz
Alicia and Swizz don't miss a chance to gush over each other on Instagram, and this picture with His and Hers suits is no exception.
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7. Gabrielle Union Dwyane Wade
Gabby and DWade are as fun-loving as couples come. Example? They playfully try to outshine each other when it comes to fashion, even wearing the same outfit and posting 'Who Wore It Best?' once. Our vote was Gabby, in case you were wondering.
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8. Chanel Iman ASAP Rocky
They're rumored to be engaged and if they are planning on becoming Mr. and Mrs. Fashion Killa, they'll be the most fashionable couple to walk down the aisle.
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9. Rihanna and Drake
Technically, they haven't displayed their love on Instagram yet but their fans did it for them with this collage from a recent basketball game. Based on Rihanna and Drake's obsession with designer brands alone (Balmain and Versace, respectively), they're the perfect match.
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10. Lupita Nyong'o and Jared Leto
Okay we're not entirely sure if Lupita's with Jared or rapper K'Naan. But given Jared's ombre and K'Naan's curly 'fro, one thing's for certain: she chooses the boys with the coolest hair.
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11. Amber Rose and Wiz Khalifa
Amber and Wiz may be the most matchy-matchy couple on this list. From head-to-toe Joy Rich prints to leather jackets, coordinating has never looked so cool.
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12. Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran
Chris and Karrueche are notorious for break ups to make ups. Though you can never be certain their actual relationship is on, their laid-back California style is always a go.
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13. French Montana and Khloe Kardashian
This picture didn't debut on the 'gram but since it's spreading like wildfire on social media, we think it counts anyway. And it's proof that our favorite jersey wearing-rapper and bikini-flaunting reality star are officially a thing which means there are plenty of couple selfies (err…us-ies) in our future.
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14. Lala and Carmelo
When he's off the court, Carmelo knows how to give a good suit moment. No doubt with help from the lady in his life, designer and beauty product mogul Lala Anthony.
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15. Lebron and Savannah James
With his bold tuxedo jacket and her smoking red lip, there's no denying Lebron and Savannah are one handsome couple.
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16. T.I. and Tiny
We don't know what we love most about T.I. and Tiny's latest Instagram picture: his personality glasses or that yellow against Tiny's glowing skin. Wins all around.
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17. Ludacris and Eudoxie
Ludacris has always been one of the rappers that cleans up the nicest so it's fitting he have a lady as gorgeous as Eudoxie on his arm.
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18. John Legend and Chrissy Teigen
With his cool all-black wardrobe and baby face, it's easy to see how John Legend landed the gorgeous (and stylish) Chrissy Teigen.
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19. Draya Michele and Orlando Scandrick
It's only natural that Draya, a swimwear designer, show off her hot bikinis with her equally-attractive beau, Orlando, by her side.
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20. Tae Heckard and Brandon Jennings
We don't know whether the stunning Tae Heckard is with Nelly or Brandon (or if Nelly is with Ashanti, for that matter) but we do know her braids look supercool. And that's all that matters anyway.