Andrea Kelly said her ex, singer R.Kelly, harbored some unrealistic expectations if he thought their marriage should have mirrored the film The Notebook.
“Nobody’s marriage is The Notebook. It’s a movie,” Andrea said recently in response to comments the “Step in the Name of Love” singer made crediting the film for their breakup.
Andrea, who stars in VH1’s “Hollywood Exes,” suggested her ex-husband did not have a true understanding of what makes a real-life relationship work if he was expecting theirs to unfold like a romance film.
“I live in the real world. So to me, marriage is work. It’s hard times. It’s difficult. It’s happy. It’s sad. There are ups and downs. So, until you find me a movie that can do that in two hours, don’t base your relationship off of a movie,” she said on “Bethenny.”
R.Kelly, who was married to Andrea for 10 years before divorcing in 2009, revealed in his book, Soulacoaster, that the film made him realize his marriage was dead.
“The Notebook was beautiful, and I was crying because its hero and heroine had died together, but I was also crying because … my marriage had died, and there was nothing I could do to bring it back."
Andrea has previously stated that she and R.Kelly no longer communicate. So, she hasn’t had the opportunity to ask him to clarify or elaborate on his statements.
“I don’t know what he meant by that because I’m not in his head. I have no idea,” she said.
Watch Andrea and her co-stars on “Bethenny” below.
—Tracy L. Scott
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