During the season two premiere of VH1′s “Love & Hip Hop” on Monday night, viewers watched an explosive fight between returning castmember Chrissy Lampkin and newcomer Kimbella (girlfriend of Dipset rapper Juelz Santana).
The physical confrontation went down during an intimate gathering hosted by soft-spoken Emily Bustamente, as she celebrated the end of a sometimes-tumultuous nine-year relationship with rapper Fabolous. In a reality show moment that seemed to be void of reasoning, Kimbella Vanderhee dropped a bombshell in front of the entire room, admitting that she dated Fabolous while Emily B was pregnant with his son. Although Emily remained calm after hearing the news, Chrissy quickly lost her cool and things soon spiraled out of control.
Looking back on the incident, Kimbella told MTV News that she didn’t anticipate such a heated reaction from Chrissy and maintained that she made the right decision by revealing the news when she did.
“I didn’t come at [Emily B] maliciously. I had good intentions. I wasn’t there to hurt anyone or take anything from anyone,” Kimbella told us on Monday, hours before the season premiere. “I could’ve taken her aside to tell her that privately, but I felt like in the moment, Emily was so proud that she was leaving [Fab], and I was just in that moment with her.
“Everyone just shifted out of the room and I felt like it was just me and her, so I felt the need to tell her,” Kim continued. “I stand my ground with that, I felt like I needed to tell her then and there, and I did that and I hold my own with that.”
Lampkin expressed remorse to MTV News for assaulting Kimbella but she, too, maintained that she was caught up in the heat of the moment.
“I think everybody that watches the show feels like Emily doesn’t defend herself the way we would like to see her do,” she explained. “I don’t regret my feelings, but I regret the way I allowed myself to be pulled out of character. It’s just that I was so hurt and so caught in the moment — it was just reactional.”
Share your thoughts on the “Love & Hip Hop” premiere in the comments section!