Keyshia Cole’s relationship with Daniel “Boobie” Gibson has played out in public, specifically on reality television, since pretty much the very beginning. So it’s no surprise that the pair, seemingly at the end of the road in their relationship, is stepping in front of cameras again to play out what’s left of it.
But Love and Hip Hop Hollywood is a very different beast in comparison to Keyshia and Daniel: Family First or Keyshia Cole: All In, both on BET. And the audience can be a lot less understanding and supportive. That’s probably why Cole decided to explain a very important part of her storyline for the show, which premieres on Monday, before it premieres: the fact that Gibson lives with her even though they’re not together. She says they’re cohabitation is for the sake of their son, DJ.
“I didn’t know my biological father coming up,” Cole said on E! News’ Daily Pop. “So, it’s kind of a strong emotional situation for me because I want DJ to have everything that I didn’t. Even though he’s done a lot of things in the marriage that were the ultimate no-no, you know what? It’s not about me and him at this point. My son is seven, he needs his father. And Daniel is going through some financial things. I feel like, you know what? We’re co-parents. At the end of the day, if I can help in any way, I would want him to do it for me if I were in that predicament. And all that matters is that DJ is there with him and he gets to see him.”
As for what their son, DJ, knows about the state of their relationship, Cole said she doesn’t want to confuse him, so the the estranged couple focus solely on parenting.
“We’ve been going through it for a very long time as far as the separation and then back together,” Cole said. “That’s the reason why I ultimately made the decision of just making sure we go our separate ways. We don’t confuse things for him, but know that he still has both parents.”
For the record, despite their long-lasting estrangement, Cole and Gibson are still not divorced. Divorce papers haven’t been fully signed last time we checked and one can’t help but wonder if Gibson living at home with his family might facilitate some sort of reconciliation. I guess we’ll have to watch and see.