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Karrine Steffans Interview With Essence

Karrine SteffansESSENCE.com: Speaking of famous people, is it true that you and Ne-Yo are an item?

K.S.: Ne-Yo and I are friends, but he’s just not my type of person. I had to have a conversation with him because he thought that I had written a detailed description of our sex life in my book. Instead of asking me, he responded to a reporter’s question in a tone that I didn’t appreciate, implying that I’d been telling lies about our relationship. I never claimed him as my boyfriend. Once I told him he wasn’t in my book, then he was cool.

ESSENCE.com: What about you and New Orleans rapper Lil’ Wayne?

K.S.: He’s not my boyfriend, but I’m closer to Wayne and we’ve spoken every day for the last six months. I can’t start or end my day without talking to him. And we don’t necessarily talk on the phone, but we text each other all the time. It’s a perfect relationship. He knows that no matter who he’s with and vice versa, we love each other. We don’t have any surprises. If I were to see him kissing a girl tomorrow, it would be okay because I already know about it.

ESSENCE.com: Are you concerned that people will think of you as the woman who sleeps around and writes about it?

K.S.: Again, I don’t have as much sex as people think I do. Honestly, I don’t even want to have sex. I am focused on my company and making things happen. So, again, I haven’t slept with as many people as most think I have, and my sex life is really not that different from anyone else’s.

ESSENCE.com: Most people would argue that Gotti was more like a pimp than a friend to you.

K.S.: Irv allowed me to live, and I love him to pieces for that. Whenever there was a music conference or big investors visiting the city who needed to be shown a good time, I was the “good time.” Although the circumstances were a little shady, the people I met during that time in my life are still around and I wouldn’t be where I am without them, and I still love them.

ESSENCE.com: You once wrote that you couldn’t forgive your mom. But why not forgive the woman who gave you life?

K.S.: My mother could call me and be stranded in the street, and I would not send her sh–. I could care less what happens to her. I can forgive others because none of them have ever done me wrong.

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