There are a lot of reality shows on TV nowadays. If you ever had any doubts before, the Tamar and Vince show (sister of super star Toni Braxton & music mogul/executive) is definitely one to be added to the list. Because of the show, we’ve come to know and love Lashawn and April Daniels, the husband & wife sidekick duo who also happen to be best friends of Tamar & Vince. The name Lashawn Daniels may not strike an immediate chord. But he has been known as the “Secret Weapon” behind many of today’s biggest stars. This singer/songwriter/producer (and after watching this show, I’d like to add comedian to the list) has written several multi-platinum award winning songs like “It’s Not Right (But It’s Okay)” by Whitney Houston, “The Boy Is Mine” by Monica and Brandy, “You Rock My World” by Michael Jackson, “Telephone” by Lady Gaga, and “Say My Name” by Destinys Child (to name a few). Daniels has sold over 210 million records and counting.
What I loved about chatting it up with Lashawn and April is that they put the “real” in reality. It’s beautiful to watch them interact on the show because you can tell that their love is the real deal. It was even more refreshing to speak with them and feel like they were old friends – because they were the same people during this interview as they are when they are on the Tamar & Vince show. April is a hair stylist and clothing designer. The couple have three kids.
So let’s see what they had to say about love, marriage & what they want you to know about Tamar & Vince:
I think most people were shocked last night because when we watch the show, you two seem to be the stable, funny, humble, marriage-counselor couple. So did last night’s episode give us the true side of you that we don’t get to see, or was it edited to look like more than it was?
LaShawn Daniels: In relationships you’re going to have ups and downs, you’re going to have arguments. This is why we are able to be counsel and hold each other accountable to Tamar and Vince because there is nothing that we don’t go through or haven’t been through. When someone loses a parent, you accept everyone’s condolences, but the person that lost a parent as well, you tend to feel their condolences a bit more. So how can you counsel an argument if you’ve never had one? Everything you see is real. What you guys saw last night was April and Lashawn – it was an addition to (and not a subtraction of) who we are. We call ourselves giving the full life, like people say, keeping it real. That’s what we do and who are. Now I’m glad to say that April and I are in a place to which that does not happen very often. When we first got married, that was an everyday thing. But we’ve grown together.
April Daniels: Just to piggyback off of that: I think we would be fake if you never got to see that side of us. And it just so happened that day of taping, that’s where my emotions were. You got to see inside of our marriage. Pretty much what you saw, is what happened. It wasn’t edited to look a certain way, it wasn’t done for ratings. That’s just what it was right then and there for April and Lashawn. It’s unfortunate that you don’t get to see all of it because of the timeframe. But I just want to put out there that we are very secure within our union. That moment there was pretty much me saying, “Hey baby, what you see is not what I see and I need you to rock out with what I’m telling you”. And my husband is such a great guy, he truly is. He’s not at all naïve. He likes to give people the benefit of the doubt, so it’s no reason not to trust you if he hasn’t seen any reason not to trust you. America got to see it and I got a lot of people saying things like, “Hey that was us just last week”, or “That was us last night”. It was just something real, something true.