Cast Blog: #THICKERTHANWATER

Jewel Tankard, Wedding Planner

Marcus: I Found Myself Reliving Painful Moments

Ben: Excuses Are Not What They Needed

Britney: This Is the First Time I'm Facing It

Ben: They Don't Need to "Fix" Each Other

Ben: I Missed So Much

Marcus: I Was Seeing Dollar Signs and Diapers

Jewel: I Was Very Hurt

Ben: I Don't Have Time to Play Referee

Jewel to Junice: "Let It Go!"

Junice's Out of Character Behavior

Is Brooklyn Playing the Guilt Card?

Jewel: "I Don't Think I am Overprotective."

Ben: Being a Virgin is a Blessing

Ben's Secret to a Happy Marriage

Jewel: "I Know My Sister Loves Me"

Junice's Betrayal

Brooklyn's Heart is in the Right Place

I Respect Juncie's Lifestyle

Ben: I'm Not a Preacher, I'm a Reacher

Jewel: Nothing's Open But Legs

Ben: We Are Thicker Than Water

Jewel Tankard, Wedding Planner

Jewel explains why she wanted to take over the wedding plans for Benji and Shanira.

Bravotv.com: Jewel, Benji and Shanira don’t seem to be holding back on wedding expenses. How did you feel when you first heard the budget?
Jewel Tankard: I was like, NO WAY! That was entirely too much and that money can be better spent with them preparing for their future -- buying a home, furniture, paying off debts, and things like that. 

Bravotv.com: Jewel, when your children talk about Brooklyn going out in front of Diamond, do you think that affects her?
Jewel: It’s interesting, because I would like for them not to talk about it in front of her, but on the other end, Diamond knows as well. I think having that open dialogue will allow Diamond to become comfortable with having open communication on how she is feeling.

Bravotv.com: Jewel, you and Ben seem to have different perspectives on how to go about the wedding and how to finance it. How do you two come to terms with how the money is spent and what it goes to?
Jewel: Normally, the father of the bride pays for the wedding, but Shanira’s father passed away. So what I felt was, since we love both Benji and Shanira, let’s pay for the wedding, but let’s cut the expenses drastically.Bravotv.com: Jewel, what were you thinking when you got the phone call regarding Brooklyn’s behavior?
Jewel: We were not totally surprised when we got the phone call, and it just confirmed some of the concerns that we had with her staying out late at night.

Britney: This Is the First Time I'm Facing It

Britney explains why now is finally the right time to confront Marcus about her feelings.

Bravotv.com: Your weight loss is so impressive. How did you do it?

Britney Tankard: You know, hard work and dedication sounds so cliché, but it's true. I lived, slept, and ate all things fitness-related and healthy. I stayed active six days a week and made my mind up I wanted something different for myself. Bam! And here I am today, in the best shape of my life.

I don't want anything to hold me back, so I'm letting it all hang out with the hopes of being so much better when it's over.

Britney Tankard

Bravotv.com: Have you always felt resentment toward Marcus, or did it surface after he moved back home?

BT: Yes, I always felt resentment toward him since we were kids, because of our issue. This is the first time I'm facing it. I'm in a new phase with my life, I'm growing up. With my whole fitness transformation, I've become a lot more disciplined. I don't want anything to hold me back, so I'm letting it all hang out with the hopes of being so much better when it's over.


Bravotv.com: Did it surprise you to know that Cyrene had no idea about what transpired during your childhood?
BT: No. Pumpkin doesn't know too much, because she was so young.

Bravotv.com: What was your reaction to seeing that Marcus had no idea what you were upset about?

BT: I knew Marcus didn't fully understand, but I knew he had to have felt the rift between us all these years.


Bravotv.com: Do you want to have a sit-down with Marcus and talk things out, or are you hesitant about it?

BT: At this point I think it's the best thing to do, so that I can move forward. Do I want to? No. Do I need to? Yes.

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