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Mercedes "MJ" Javid Reflects on Her Dad's Health Scare and How It's Changed Their Relationship
The #Shahs pal reflects on her childhood with her dad, who she calls a "single mom."
Over the course of Mercedes "MJ" Javid's tenure on Shahs of Sunset, we've all gotten to know her mom, Vida, quite well. But when Season 6 kicks off on July 16, the bride-to-be will be giving fans a peek inside her relationship with her dad, who has been going through a health scare, which was documented on the upcoming season.
"Fortunately he’s stable now but went through terrible complications, one right after another, when we began filming the season in summer of 2016. What a lot of people don’t know was that my dad was the ‘single mom’ raising me. He’s the quieter person not featured on the show," she recently told the Huffington Post. (Her parents divorced when she was a kid.) "He has always been my best friend, the one who picked me up from school, nursery through college. My friends and I would walk over and tell my dad everything, so now talking about my dad is important to me."
Now, MJ is focused on helping her dad and letting viewers in on the journey. "Sometimes people want to avoid discussing the subjects that aren’t happy-go-lucky, but this is a reality and everyone goes through it," she said, "In the past year I’ve dedicated a lion’s share of my time to hanging out at my dad’s bedside, playing video games with him on my phone, and bonding through things we did when I was a kid. We used to love Family Feud and now I have it as an app on my phone in addition to Trivial Pursuit."
Caring for her dad also means that planning her wedding to Tommy Feight is less of a priority. "Culturally, you don’t plan a joyous occasion when someone is in such a critical condition. There were so many complications all at once and there are times when you can’t even function. I’m proud of how well I held myself together, but have been trying to hold it together as best as I could," she said. "There will definitely be a wedding!"
Sneak a peek at Season 6 before Sunday's premiere, below.