They may have sparred about a “boy” on their much-loved hit ‘The Boy Is Mine’, yet Brandy and Monica unite as stunning young women on the cover of Ebony magazine’s June issue.
The duo up their respective and collective diva in the striking shot, which is accompanied by an insightful interview. One which sees Brandy dish on boyfriend Ryan Press and brother Ray J.
Peep excerpts below…
Brandy On Her Boyfriend Ryan Press
I wish we were engaged. He’s taking a little long on the ring side of things, but I’m patient. I wanted to impress him. I wanted him to be proud of me; I was inspired by him. So making the record and his being there, it’s just all a part of it. Him and my daughter. I want him to love my songs. I want him to love my voice.
On Her Brother Ray J
I know who he is. And I”m pissed off about some of the things I’ve been hearing. It really bothers me that [those are] the kind of things that people do for money.
He’s misunderstood. It’s one thing to have this image of [a ladies’ man], but it’s another to become this other type of person that they’re trying to make my brother out to be. I know who he is. This is a man who loves his mama and his sister and his niece. Ray J loved Kim Kardashian. They were irresponsible with their–you know–but he loved her. For five years, he was with her. In his mind and in the world’s mind, he was in my shadow for such a long time. To watch his sister become whatever I became and to not have that same path or that same way it happened for me; to be called ‘Brandy’s brother…’ To finally break out of it, you’re going to brag; you’re going to feel something about yourself. It’s not coming from a bad place, and I can tell you: Some of the shoesRay J’s walking in, you’d take off immediately. You wouldn’t be able to handle the type of shoes he’s in.
Look out for the full interview when the issue hits newsstands in the next few weeks.
In the immediate, Monica’s latest LP ‘New Life’ is out now, while Brandy’s new single ‘Put It Down (ft. Chris Brown)’ hits iTunes on May 8th with album ‘2/11’ following this Summer.