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On this season of Basketball Wive’s LA, Brandi Maxiell is dealing with much more than just petty cat fights.

Brandi recently stopped by the HipHollywood loft and opened up about her deep story line, including her heartbreak and life after surviving ovarian cancer.

As seen on this season’s super trailer, Maxiell’s co-star, Draya Michele stated that nobody cared about Brandi’s “sad story,” a statement Maxiell tells HipHollywood was very immature. “You can’t blame those that never walked that life or don’t even know anybody that has been effected by cancer. You don’t have that heart, ” Maxiell told us. “I think it’s very weak for anybody to say that.”

Meanwhile, the reality star is fighting to keep her marriage to former NBA player, Jason Maxiell, alive.

As chronicled on the hit VH1 show, Jason has been unfaithful, but depite the pain, Brandi stayed. “Because we have a three year old baby that is beautiful that needs the both of us. And he’s my husband,” she told us. “I’ve been with him off and on since I was 16 years old. He is all that I know. He is the only man that I love. Why stop now? ”

Maxiell added, “I’ve always said for better worse, for richer for poorer. It’s a struggle, it’s a process, but we are getting there.”

Basketball Wives airs Sunday nights at 11 p.m. on VH1.


Exclusive: The Bullet Scars That Will Forever Haunt Sheryl Lee Ralph’s Son, Etienne Maurice



Sheryl Lee Ralph shared a graphic photo on Instagram earlier this week of her son, Etienne Maurice, laying in a hospital bed bandaged up from bullet wounds. The purpose of the image was to be yet another voice calling to end gun violence.

On Wednesday, students across the country walked out of class to protest against gun violence, something that hit home for Ralph four years ago. “This mother wants #gunreform now! #guncontrol now,” she wrote.

It was during a night out in West Philadelphia that Ralph’s then 22-year-old child was robbed at gunpoint and shot three times; twice in the leg and one which grazed his forehead.

So as Ralph joined Wednesday’s national conversation about gun laws, HipHollywood talked exclusively with Etienne who shared exactly what went down the night a gun could have taken his life for good.

“I was shot four years ago, November 9 … I was black out drunk. The next thing I know I remember I woke up in the hospital, doctor said I had two bullet holes in my leg and a grazed bullet hole above my eyebrow.”

Maurice, who was robbed for his iPhone and his wallet, went on to tell us that this is something that he is reminded of constantly. “Having been shot is something that I carry with me every day. I still have numbness at the bottom of my leg from the nerve damage.”

And while he will always remember how he felt knowing his life almost ended, Etienne had a hard time fathoming how his famous mother felt. “We had the conversation about it last week and she said she peed on herself,” he told us.

For Maurice, he’s proud to see young children use their voices to make change. “There’s so many angles where we can talk about gun violence and how it’s effecting different communities,” he said. “Gun reform needs to take place now.”

Since that night, he hasn’t picked up a drink and has been now sober for four years. As for the suspects, a father-son duo, they are behind bars for attempted man slaughter.

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