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Yandy Smith Talks Relationship With Jim Jones, Gives Advice for 'Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta'

Manager maven and Love & Hip-Hop cast member Yandy Smith candidly opened up about a slew of issues surrounding her very real lifestyle and on-camera persona. She dished to The Jasmine Brand about the current status between her and ex-client Jim Jones, as well as dropped some advisory gems to the cast of Love & Hip-Hop Atlanta. Smith, whose rumored to be pregnant, shows no signs of slowing down. In the near future, she plans to expand her Everything Girls Love empire and continuing working with songwriter-producer titan Missy Elliot.

Here's a few excerpts:

On whether or not she’s spoken to Jim Jones:
"No. His whole team calls me for everything, for show bookings. A lot of them still come through me so I pass them onto his guys and if they need help with something they all call me so I’ve spoken to him not directly, but through everybody else. Just because I don’t mind helping and I wanna see him win regardless.”

On the advice she would give to the cast of the new season, Love & Hip-Hop: Atlanta:
“I would say be mindful that the camera’s on. It’s so easy to forget that you’re being taped. What is it that you wanna put out to the world? Everything I don’t feel like is for the world. And this is something that can be Googled, this is something that there are gonna be still pictures of. People are gonna share your most intimate, private moments with you, make sure it’s an intimate, private moment that you want to be shared. Be mindful that the camera is on you and this will haunt you for the rest of your life. You want to make a lasting impression of something that you want to be out there.”

On her newfound celebrity status:
“It’s crazy. Everyday I’m just like ‘Oh my gosh what am I getting myself into?’ I just take every day with a grain of salt. It’s so weird because I’m so not the glamorous type, and I’m not the super prissy. I’ve always just been about my business and behind the scenes. So now people wanna take pictures, I’m like ‘Oh my gosh I look a mess.’ And with my messiness I end up on twitter every day, all the time or MediaTakeout. So that part of it is difficult for me. So now, it’s like I have a voice. From going from 500 [Twitter] followers, which I had right before the show, to 300,000 now. It’s like what do you say to people? I have to watch what I say, I have to watch what I tweet, I have to watch the jokes I make because I’m very sarcastic. But when you know that the world is watching and listening… you really have to be careful with what you do. And that’s difficult and it gets very annoying. ‘Cuz sometimes I just wanna be me.”

Read more highlights and listen to the full interview at The Jasmine Brand!

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