Actress Kyla Pratt, back on the scene with her new role in BET’s sitcom ‘Let’s Stay Together’, revealed back in November that not only was she a mother, but that her daughter was now a beautiful 1 year old little girl she named Lyric.
Soon after her announcement, the actress received criticism and backlash for being an unwed mother and even multiple rumors began to spread of who had fathered her child. Pratt was so fed up with the negative press that she decided to address it with her own written statement to the press.
In her recent sit down with VIBE Vixen she’s taking things one step farther and is now discussing motherhood, her plans for the future with her rapper boyfriend, her new television role and the many criticism she has faced since revealing she’s a mother.
How did you get added on to the cast of Let’s Stay Together?
Some of the writers of Let’s Stay Together use to work on One on One with me. One of them hit me up on Facebook and asked me if I would be interested, and of course, I was interested. I didn’t second guess it. It was people I’ve worked with before and trust.
Tell us about your character.
My character Crystal is very young; she’s a college student. I like to call her the broke college student who likes to use her cousins as much as she can, whether it’s for laundry or a place to stay. She’s crazy and loves to have fun. Not really serious about life at the moment, but she’s trying to stay in school and live out her dreams of being a film director.
How have you evolved since you became a mother?
Girl, [laughs] no sleep, but [my baby] is my world! That’s all I think about everyday, and everything I do is just for her. I want to make sure she’s good in her future. I’m enjoying every minute of it!
How was your pregnancy?
My pregnancy was wonderful. I have a great man by my side and a very supportive and loving family that is there for me. I got to enjoy the beauty of another human being growing inside of me.
What advice do you have for Beyoncé who is a new mother?
Girl! Lord ‘a mercy [laughs]! The only thing I would say is love that baby to the fullest, and I am sure she’ll do that.
Now do you and your man plan on getting married?
Not right now. That’s for the future. We talked about it, but we’re both on the same page.
You recently penned a letter defending your family on your blog. Did you feel you owed people an explanation?
I don’t feel I owe anybody anything; it was just about putting the truth out there, so lies can stop being spread. If they got something to say after this, they can say whatever they want, but I know I am going to tell you what it is, and that’s all I can do. I was just tired of people sending me mess. That letter was for the negative people trying to push things my way. I tried to say it the best way possible without wildin’ out [laughs]. I think I did good!
How do you deal with negativity and the rumors?
I feel like people will always have something to say, so me talking about my daughter on 106 & Park was bound to happen because that’s my everything. I never announced being pregnant because I watched people in the industry have a baby, like Jennifer Freeman and Lauren London. People don’t know the actual story or know what’s really going on, and they are so negative and hurtful. I didn’t want to go through that with my pregnancy. The baby can feel what you’re feeling, so I was like I’m going to enjoy my pregnancy without having people have something to say. So at the point of 106 and Park, it was like, she’s already here now.
For more on Kyla’s interview, head over to VIBE Vixen.