Abuse is not just hitting your significant other. It’s manipulation, fear, and anxiety. Emily B, the infamous NY bred designer & former Love & Hip Hop star, was said to be the victim of a recent domestic violence case involving her long-time boyfriend John Jackson, better known as Fabolous. According to New Jersey public records, the feud started when Fabolous found out Emily was in LA at the same time he was. He threatened to kill her with a baseball bat via text message on the plane. Because of that incident on March 7th, this led to another incident where Fabolous knocked Emily’s two front teeth out. Emily then called her father and brother to remove the guns in their New Jersey residence. When Fabolous got there, he searched for the guns but couldn’t locate them. He then threatened to kill her, her father and brother before leaving.
I can’t help but look at Emily’s early years on Love & Hip Hop. The mother of three was always very private and seemed to only confine in her friend, Chrissy (girlfriend of rapper, Jim Jones). Even when talking about Fab on the show, she never seemed elated but more reserved and nervous (which is a sign of abuse). Fabolous never boldly claimed Emily in public and also never gave her at least the bare minimum of a wedding ring after 8+ years and two kids. It wasn’t until Love & Hip Hop NY began until people really knew about this woman who has been in the background the majority of his career. Fabolous, at this point, is coming off as the dude who knows he ain’t shit but is leading this woman on with false hope. For years we looked at Emily as the dumb woman who’s just a long-term girlfriend but did we ever consider why? Did we ever consider that she could’ve been held hostage for this long? Abusive people are known to be able to manipulate their victims to get them to stay.
We put these celebrities that we grew up listening to on a pedestal but we have no idea what goes on behind closed doors. We don’t know the real them. Even Trey Songz still had the fans still take his side without looking at the details and developing their own opinion after his recent domestic abuse allegations. R. Kelly is another infamous character who has had COUNTLESS allegations of sexual misconduct throughout his career but we’re still stepping in the name of love at our cookouts.
Fabolous has kept this woman silently screaming for help in the dark for years while he lived his best life for all of us to see. When will the black community finally punish the men who have battered women?
If you or someone you know need to speak to someone to get out of a situation of domestic abuse, please visit thehotline.org or call at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233). All calls are 100% confidential and they are here to help.