LaLa On Her Career, Melo on ProposingPublished by Runteldat on Monday, March 15, 2010 at 11:50 am.
Despite most of us first meeting La La Vazquez as a radio and TV personality there’s a perception among some who feel she’s using Carmelo Anthony for his money.
In her cover story in the April 2010 Issue of Latina magazine, LaLa touched on how she started her career at the age of 16 and addressed some of the hearsay about her relationship with Melo.
And Carmelo also chimed in with why it took them so long to marry.
LaLa on being a radio personality at the age of 16:
“I would get off the air at 6, take a shower, and go straight to school,” recalls La La of her early radio days as a 16-year-old on-air personality during the overnight shift in Atlanta. When Ludacris got his own show, La La had to hold her own as his sidekick. “They didn’t want me there,” she told Latina. “We joke about it now. But I had to fight to hang on to my spot.
LaLa on those who questioned how far her relationship with Carmelo would go:
Even with all that I’ve accomplished on my own, I know the story out there about me: ‘[Carmelo] ain’t gonna marry her. She got that ring but now he’s making her wait. He don’t really love her…’ For once…I’d like to tell the story as it is. Not as it’s told.”
Carmelo on why it took so long for them to marry:
“I wasn’t making her wait. If anything, I was waiting for her to slow down. She was doing her own thing, handling her business and we were happy. When it was time to take it to the next step we did. Period.”
Lala on how Carmelo proposed:
“It was Christmas Eve. We were in bed. And he said, La La, I love you. I want to be with you forever. Will you marry me?”
Lala on responses to the essay she penned about being both black and Latino:
“The essay,” she says solemnly. “The responses hurt.” She’s speaking of a first person piece she recently wrote for Latina.com on being Puerto Rican, in which she explained that, since childhood, people have often assumed that she is black. “Which I am!” she says, almost yelling. “But I am also 100 percent Puerto Rican and I’m proud of that. People got it twisted and thought I was saying, I’’m Puerto Rican. I’m not black. That isn’t what I was saying. It’s just that when I tell someone I’m Puerto Rican, I don’t want to hear someone say, ‘You ain’t Puerto Rican. You black.’ As if I can only be one or the other. Do I look like Jennifer Lopez? No. Clearly, I’m a black woman. However you want to define that, that’s what I am. And I’m also a Spanish-speaking Puerto Rican woman. Period.”