Between her ugly divorce from Michael Misick to her public breakup with Duane Martin, the star of The Real McCoy has been headline fodder for tabloids for years.
"I have much thicker skin now," she said during an interview on Houston radio station 97.9 The Box. "Before I used to read it and go, 'That's not true. They don't know me,' and it really used to stick to me. Now you kind of have to remove yourself a little more. And I like the people that are unapologetically them."
And now she's speaking out about how much harder it is for black women to build and maintain a positive image in the media, especially when it comes to dating.
"Because we have different sides, 'them' and 'us.' And when it’s 'them,' they could do whatever they want to do and it's like you could date five or six guys," she told the show's hosts, J-Mac and Madd Hatta. "Like Taylor Swift. We know that she has went through a lot of people at her young age."
For young, white celebrities like Swift, McCoy said, talking openly about dating isn't considered a bad thing — in fact, it's something fans love about Swift. For a black woman who acts the same or, say, stars in a sex tape like reality star, Kim Kardashian, McCoy said there are real career consequences.
"[Taylor Swift] sings about it all the time. Let that be a black girl and that's a problem. Let somebody do a sex tape that's a black girl and her career is ruined," the Single Ladies star continued. "She's not going to parlay it into fashion, into stores and into reality shows and marriage. So if we know this, to me that's why we have to brand ourselves differently now."
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