Initially it seemed like reality TV damaged the relationship between Keyshia Cole, Frankie Lons and Neffe Pugh, but Neffe said the family is better than ever, and she’s ready for her TV return.
Though Keyshia and Neffe have recently admitted that their sisterly bond was not so strong, things are better now, according to Neffe.
“We are a close-knit family,” said Neffe, who visited Keyshia and mom Frankie before the premiere of Keyshia’s latest reality show, “Family First.”
“My sister, she is doing great as a wife, as an artist, as a mother. Being the older sister, I am extremely proud of her progress and what she’s doing. I am proud of her new reality show. I am proud of her new record. She’s doing her thing,” Neffe told the DJs at Power 105.1. “There’s no sibling rivalry,”
While fans of “Keyshia Cole: The Way It Is” and “Frankie & Neffe,” likely remember that the sisters’ mother was struggling with substance abuse addiction, Neffe said that’s a thing of the past.
“My mom looks amazing. She’s clean and sober. It’s been what, a year and a half? Kudos to Frankie,” said Neffe.
It’s been suggested that Neffe and Frankie’s spin-off series is what caused the most recent rift between Keyshia and Neffe, but Neffe said she now understands why her sister was less than thrilled about the two having their own show.
“Keyshia did not want us to do a reality show period because she wanted it to be done in the right way, and I respect her whole-heartedly for that. Everybody out there was looking at our family like we had no control, no morals, no principles, no values, like we were uneducated. She didn’t want that,” said Neffe, who explained that she declined to do a second season of “Frankie & Neffe” because of the way she was portrayed.
“Once I saw that it started taking an effect on my immediate family, I decided that the world had enough of Neffe. I wanted to show Neffeteria, and they didn’t give me an option to do that,” she said.
Now, Neffe’s gearing up for another reality show, titled “Neffe and Soullow: The Price We Paid.” That’s also the name of her second book.
While her first experiences with reality TV weren’t the best, Neffe credits “The Way It Is” and “Frankie & Neffe” with introducing authenticity to the genre.
“We paved the way for people to be themselves on reality TV. I really feel like our family, when we came to reality TV, we set the market. It’s okay to be who you are, but you have to control who you are,” she said.
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—Tracy L. Scott
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