Vixen Chat: Jackie Christie Talks Love, (Reality) Life + Being the First Lady of the League
Jackie Christie of Basketball Wives LA is bold, brazen and bids no apology for it! While bestselling author and businesswoman has no problem saying exactly how she feels--keeping it moving whether it’s regarding her long-time marriage to NBA baller Doug Christie or someone’s personal integrity--Jackie is passionate about helping others achieve what she has in love and in life. It's very apparent in her new book and soon-to-come affordable fashion line. Read on as she also gives us a taste of what we can expect in Basketball Wives LA: The Reunion Part 1 and why she feels she’s #1 in this game. -Arlice Nichole
Will we see you for another season of Basketball Wives LA?
Right now, I think so. They haven’t announced it officially, but I definitely would welcome the opportunity to work with VH1 again. They were just a great group of people to work with and I really appreciate what they did as far telling our story with my mom.
What are your feelings on being labeled crazy and manipulative by some of the other ladies on the show?
I don’t take it personal. I look at the source, and if you’re not on my level, then there’s nothing that you can say about me as far as I’m concerned. What have you done? Who have you helped? Whose lives are you changing? Do you have a relationship? I don’t have to sit there and say I’m not crazy or I’m not this or I’m not that. I just let my actions speak. I’ve been married for 16 years, and I love my husband, I love my family, I have great friends—not on the reality show, but in real life—and I have an extremely strong support system.
On the reunion show, do you and any of the others resolve your problems and come to some understanding of each other?
No, I think that’s still a ball of confusion, and it’s a sad thing. But I don’t have any anger towards the girls. The reunion is going to be huge, and a lot of people are going to be surprised at some of the things that are going to be revealed on the show. They won’t let me really say too much about it, but it will be explosive. You know, I’m a person that’s very honest and upfront, and I tell it like it is. I’m not dishonest in any way, and sometimes the truth hurts, so that’s kind of where our friendships are right now.
Well, despite the relationship challenges with your cast mates, you’ve got love on lock! What’s your secret?
You know, I have to say that I love and respect Doug to the fullest. He’s been there with me, and he’s my best friend. Couples always ask us for tips on how to make it work, and I always tell them nothing in life is perfect, but if you keep communication, respect, intimacy, loyalty and all those things on the forefront, you guys will make it and you’ll be OK. But you have to talk and be able to share with each other how you feel. I can talk to Doug about anything, and he’s always listening. He is where I get a lot of my guidance from.
So your new book, Sexual Relations: A His and Her Guide to Great Intimacy, will offer more tips like this on how you’ve made it work and how others can too?
Yes, I named it Sexual Relations because I wanted people to pay attention. They’re going to say this is one of those books, but when they get in it, they will see that I also have celebrities and guest authors in there as well. But intimacy is one of the main ingredients in a relationship, and it doesn’t always have to be physical. It’s the intimate things you do like talking, watching a movie, or washing the dishes together. You know—all the sweet things you do with and for your husband, boyfriend, fiancé or whatever. There are also tips that help keep the fire burning. It’s going to be an all-around great little handbook for women and men.
When can we get the book?
It will be out in February before Valentine’s Day. The cover is out, and I’m excited about that. A lot of people want to special order it, so I’m going to start taking orders December 10th.
So you’ve been writing while developing a fashion line too?
Yes, my Jackie Christie “Black Collection” debuted at LA Fashion Week this year and received rave reviews. My stuff is specially made for all women, not just those of average model size. Right now, orders are being taken at my website, JackieChirstie.com, but my dream is to create a line for Target, making it affordable for everyone. So we’re talking with them and different people, so Jackie Christie will be available in select stores pretty quick.
Lastly, we have to know, what’s with the "First Lady of the League?”
Yes, I said it, and what I meant by that was I paid my dues. I’ve been married to my husband for 16 years, and we started out at a time in the NBA when guys weren’t really showing their families or letting everyone know that this is my wife or this is my queen. So we took a lot of heat from the media and everybody else. I wasn’t saying it in a way that I’m better than any of the other wives, that was kind of misconstrued. I’m saying I paid my dues. I’m here, I’m with Doug, I love him, and I’m first lady to him. I don’t have issue with the beautiful women in the NBA that went before me. The first lady of the league is just how I view myself.
Catch Basketball Wives LA, the Reunion tonight on 8pm EST, on VH1
- Arlice Nichole