At the 45th Annual NAACP Awards this past Saturday, Brandy Norwood looked absolutely breathtaking, as she accepted the Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Award, for the BET hit-series The Game, where she plays the role of the infamous, Chardonnay Pitts. But what made this year different from last, is that her long time manager and now confirmed ex-fiance’ Ryan Press, was not mentioned in her celebratory speech.
Now rumors have been swirling for some time that their relationship was on the rocks. The question on everyone’s mind is simply: why? As I often say, there are always three sides to a story; his, hers and the truth which we rarely hear. However, this story takes me down another path. I’m not sure if you can recall this, but her last album Two Eleven, which wasn’t her best work, was released on October 12,2012. Ironically, the same year she made a debut on The Game. At the time, no one knew what impact the newly minted Chardonnay Pitts would have on the show. But basically, this funky, random, hood chick ended up subtly winning us over. Now as seen in the picture below, Brandy is recently engaged and celebrating all of her amazing accomplishments with Press, and it doesn’t take a second look to see that she’s actually glowing!
Here I go with my take on the situation. Again, these are just my thoughts on the breakup. Ryan was originally brought in to manage Brandy. Now if you saw Family Business, the reality show about the Norwoods on VH1, we all know that Mama Norwood don’t play no games when it comes to her kids! What if by chance, Brandy took the role of Chardonnay Pitts against the better judgment of Ryan? But instead, followed her gut at the time, since The Game quite possibly was a once in a lifetime chance. The album that Press would put together would surely be a bigger success. While in reality, the album flopped and Chardonnay eased her way into everyone’s hearts because she is such a relatable character. So in December of 2012, when she celebrated being engaged, being on the show, AND the new album, there was no need for tension. Nor was their relationship in jeopardy. The career opportunities were newly opened doors.
Understand the angle I’m coming from, for once in a celebrity relationship, I don’t think someone cheated nor do I think they loved each other any less. What I do think is that with the rekindled fame of Brandy, the level of dependency from Norwood toward Press changed. All men need to be needed…did Press still feel needed?
According to Rumor Fix, it was stated that she asked for a prenup, but is that really so wrong? I mean, based on her reignited acting career, Brandy’s net worth doubled the coins from when they first started this bubbling romance. Could money hold that much weight that after living together, getting lawyers involved to decide on the terms of an amicable split, they ACTUALLY decided to split? Ooohh the irony!
Or, perhaps it could be that after living together, they discovered they didn’t mesh so well. That way, all the people that think you should live together before marriage can be pleased. Thus, further ridiculously pushing the argument to live with a person before marriage. Norwood is a businesswoman, so I’m placing my bet on the rekindled fame and finances factor. As a mother and a businesswoman, I’m kind of partial. But as a relationship expert, I know that you can not go into a marriage thinking about the end.
What I do see in this picture taken a little bit over a year ago, is a couple in love. A couple, despite having fame and fortune, want to grow with and for each other. Even during seasons of pain and disappointment, their goal is to make it work. I sincerely hope they do. Brandy was quoted in December 2012 saying of Press, “he worked really hard on the ring. I’m not a big diamond girl, but I really love this diamond. It just represents how he feels about me, and I’m really blessed to have someone like him in my life. He’s truly a gift.” It’s not often that you hear a woman speak of her mate with such honor and respect. So I’m really hoping that the rumor that he was set up on blind date recently, was just that!!!