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And... the cover may not be exactly what you were expecting, as it features a shirtless Mike, draped with a microphone. The back of the book features Mike still shirtless with a microphone and Cynthia embracing him. Surprised? Let Mike explain.
"Tonight, with the help of my beautiful [fiancée], [Cynthia Bailey] I unveiled the cover of my soon to be released book 'Open Mike'. There’s meaning to why I wanted 'this' cover. I’m stripped down because I’m unveiling my truths. I want to symbolize vulnerability and express to everyone that I no longer have anything to hide, after so many years of doing just that. My head is slightly bowed because I’m not proud of many of the things I’ve done but I’m also coming out of the shadows, no longer running away from the traumas and pains that’s caused me to hurt others, including myself," Mike explained on Instagram.
The cover also symbolizes a new beginning for Mike, he explained. "The back is to show how far I’ve come and an expression of how thankful I have someone who has my back and along with God has me covered. My body itself signifies I’ve come along way but I still have work to do!"
He also shared one reasoning for the memoir's title, Open Mike: "In broadcasting one of the first rules is to be careful what you say around an 'Open Mic. I’ve decided to go against that rule in hopes of helping others, even if it’s at my detriment. I pray it does," he wrote.
As for what Cynthia thought of the photos, she reposted Mike's Instagram post — so it seems she definitely approves!
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