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Exclusive: Nicole Murphy & Shamicka Lawrence React To Andrea Kelly’s Transgender Child

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When it comes to Andrea Kelly, her Hollywood Exes co-stars are nothing but supportive.

While on the red carpet for Regard magazine’s Pre ESPY’s party, HipHollywood caught up with Nicole Murphy and Shamicka Lawrence to not only talk about Drea’s recent split from Brian McKee, but to get their reaction on Drea’s teenage daughter coming out as transgender.

“As long as he daughter is happy, that’s all that matters,” Nicole told us exclusively.

Last month, Drea and R. Kelly’s 13-year-old daughter Jaya took to social media to announce that she will now be identified as a male.

“I believe I am a boy and want surgery, and the medication to help me [be] who I was supposed to be,” the teenager wrote on his Ask.fm page.

“To me that’s a personal thing. If she’s fine with her daughter’s decision, then I’m all for it,” Lawrence explained. “You just have to love your child no matter what and let them go through their own journey and transitions.”

In May, R. Kelly’s ex-wife filed for divorce from model/actor Brain McKee just after two months of marriage. Shamicka tells us that the reality star is doing well.

“I’ve talked to her and she’s ok, she’s bouncing back. The reality is as women we want to be loved, we want that fairytale but it’s life lessons.”

During Tuesday’s soiree, we also talked with attendees about the 2014 ESPY Awards, which are being hosted by Canadian rapper, Drake.

“This is a sports event, you got a singer or rapper … He’s a guy that a lot of sports guys are fans of and get us hyped for the games … I’m definitely going to enjoy him on the stage.”

Tune into the awards show at 9 p.m. on ESPN.

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Cocktails & Coins! Inside Aisha Tyler’s Wild Life After Divorce & Departure From ‘The Talk’

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Aisha Tyler went through a few MAJOR life changes over the past two years and now, the actress is back on top living life to the fullest.

In 2016, Tyler’s college love and husband of 20 years, Jeff Tietjens, filed for divorce from the actress. As if that weren’t an emotional challenge to overcome, Tyler was then ordered to pay Tietjens $31,250 a month in spousal support for the next four years, plus a lump sum of $500k.

Following the emotional split, Tyler’s career then took a big turn when she walked away from CBS’s The Talk. Just eight months ago, the actress left the show to pursue other passions. “I also have three other series (Criminal Minds, hosting Whose Line Is It Anyway? and voicing a character on Archer),” the actress said during the big announcement. “People always go, ‘How do you do all that?’ And I don’t always have an answer.”

While it might sound like Tyler’s woes and 360 of a life might seem completely damaging, it all turned for the better. “The unknown can be very compelling and can be interesting. Instead of thinking about it as change, think about it as dynamism,” she told HipHollywood during the screening of Dwyane Wade’s, Shot in the Dark. 

She explained, “You can’t stay the same, your life can’t stay the same. Staying the same is staying in place and staying in place is dying slowly. For me, I always reminded myself I’m not always going to feel this way, it’s not always going to be this tuff.”

“You cannot get through this experience on this planet without a little bit of pain and you need to know that and see that it’s temporary,” Aisha said. “My life is so interesting now and it wouldn’t have been without going through the stuff that I’ve been through. It’s been good for me; all this change.”

The actress is not only the star of some major network shows, but she also is about to launch her new cocktail line, Courage and Stone. “It’s been a really really exciting process,” she told us. “It really came out of my love of cocktails, my love of going to great bars and then going home and being like ‘I don’t know how to do all this.'”

Tyler then admitted that she was a whiskey girl at heart and that when she left the Talk “Julie Chen put me in a whiskey of the month club. She she’s doubled my collection in the last couple of months.”

Set to releae late spring early summer 2018.

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