I knew we had to go big to kick off our newest segment, "BFFs." A companion of sorts to our popular "First Date," in this series, I get to hang out with some of our favorite women in entertainment, spending time with them as I would with my actual close girlfriends. So after watching Amber Rose on "RapFix Live," where she presented herself as strong, funny and candid, I knew she would be the perfect fit.
Rose held nothing back with MTV News' Sway Calloway during that interview a few months ago, and though her tears from a past heartbreak got quite a bit of coverage, one of the things I found most compelling about her was just how intensely love-struck she is once again.
She's very much in love with her fiancé — known to you and I as Wiz Khalifa (a man I became familiar with about two years ago, when I went on a "First Date" with him and his friend Curren$y) — and loves to show her affection for him however possible. If you tuned into the 2012 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday, you probably saw Amber beaming from the audience as Wiz put on an upbeat performance.
But Rose isn't just supportive of Wiz, she's also nurturing, doing things like cooking for him. I figured she and I could get to know each other a little bit better while furthering our culinary acumen, and so off we went on our friendship date to the Institute of Culinary Education.
In addition to her humble attitude and eclectic sense of style, I learned that morning that spending time with Amber Rose means you'll be laughing until your sides hurt. No less than three separate times during our shoot, we were forced to break to collect ourselves after she told a story, or we just started uncontrollably giggling, as girls do when they have a shared memory. (In our case, it was the mental image of Queen Latifah swinging on a cherry-picker crane in her video for "U.N.I.T.Y." Don't ask: Just know that it was our moment and everyone around was befuddled.)
The crew and I were in stitches when Amber related her most embarrassing moment, which took place back in her hometown of Philadelphia nearly 10 years ago.
"When I had hair, I had this weave ponytail that I used to put onto my real ponytail. And I grew up with two cats, Mitty and Fat Bettie," she began. "I go out one day, I put my little weave ponytail in. I think I look fly as f---," she continued, with a glimmer in her eye that either connoted how cool she in fact looked on that day or how silly she must have appeared — really, it could have gone either way. Upon meeting up with her friends, she caught a whiff of an unpleasant odor.
"I'm like, 'Uh uhhhhhh, one of y'all bitches smells like cat pee. This sh-- is f---ing gross!' " She paused for dramatic effect and then: "As I say that, I whip my ponytail around to walk away. My cat peed in my ponytail. ... And then I gagged, and I just went home."
With music, a wedding to Wiz Khalifa to plan and her incredibly fashionable life, it's always nice to look back and laugh.
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