*Tami Roman has found love in the arms of a man whose 17 years her junior.
The “Basketball Wives Miami” alum is usually tight-lipped about her romantic life, but she’s now ready to share that side of her life.
In an exclusive interview with media partner theJasmineBRAND.com she reveals that she’s afraid that the public may frown at her because of their age difference. Check out a few excerpts of the conversation with Tami, 44, and her boyfriend, Reggie, 27.
theJasmineBRAND.com: Are ya’ll exclusive? I don’t feel like you’ve ever brought who you were dating in public.
Yes. Even when I was on Basketball Wives, I was in a five-year relationship. We kept it like, “You do your thing, I’ll be doing my thing.” That’s always worked. I’m taking a chance right now. Finally I’m like, let me be open and honest about what I’m doing in my life. I’ve always been a open book and so I’m opening this part.
theJasmineBRAND.com: Aren’t you a little scared to be in her world?
Reggie: I’m not a celebrity. I’m just a regular old dude from Houston. That’s it.
theJasmineBRAND.com: Why are you comfortable for people enough to know (about this relationship)?
Tami Roman: I think I’m at a point now where I have to expose that part of myself. I’m constantly trying to figure out ways that Tami can use her ways in whatever. I know at this moment, there are alot of women that–for me the age difference was an issue and then it wasn’t an issue. I know alot of women out there who are going through that thing–older women, younger men. Now I am just trying to expose that part. If there are any parts from us exposing our relationship and deal with each other that can help them or make them feel more comfortable.
theJasmineBRAND.com: What is the biggest challenge with the age difference?
Tami Roman: When I go to the movies, I want to see “The Butler.” He wants to see “The Ninja Turtles.”
theJasmineBRAND.com: What do you two enjoy most about the relationship?
Reggie: For me personally, she’s just a real person. She’s a genuine person–it’s hard to meet a genuine female. She’s a real person–that’s what I love about her.
Tami Roman: He’s an admitted womanizer in the past because he just felt like all women wasn’t worth anything or out to get something. He was coming from that place and I was coming from the place that I can’t trust men based on my previous relationships. We’re both wounded but help each other by being together.
theJasmineBRAND.com: Do you want children?
Tami Roman: We’ve talked about it and had several discussions and it’s up in the air right now.
theJasmineBRAND.com: Would you be open to adopting?
Reggie: I don’t want to adopt. If it goes that way, I’d want a surrogate. I can understand–she wouldn’t want that stress on her body.
theJasmineBRAND.com: Are you scared when people find out when you have a boyfriend?
Tami Roman: I am so scared that I am going to be labeled the cougar of the century.
theJasmineBRAND.com: Do you feel insecure about younger women?
Tami Roman: Yes. He is more age appropriate with that demographic than with me–that’s what makes me insecure. I can’t be out at the club, I can’t be twerking. My knees are bad and I can’t get down low twerking all night. I don’t have much ass to be doing that anyway. I have real bills and expenses and mortgage and car. They have really no responsibility . That’s kind of where he’s at in terms of age.
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