"The Asians are here...!"
Netflix's reality series Bling Empire, which follows a group of real-life Asian and Asian-American besties living a lavish lifestyle in Los Angeles.
"It really is the real-life version of Crazy Rich Asians. It’s a peek into the life of my friends and me in Los Angeles," cast member Kelly Mi Li exclusively told Distractify about the unscripted show. "It’s really fun. It’s funny; it’s sexy. It’s also very intimate and vulnerable."
The media and production company exec teased the drama-filled series, which included a season-long storyline revolving around a penis pump, as well as her relationship status with on-again, off-again boyfriend Andrew Gray.
However, things came to an end for Kelly and Andrew -- even though he made a recent and unexpected return to the show. Keep reading to get the full scoop.
Kelly Mi Li and Andrew Gray from 'Bling Empire' don't even talk anymore.
On March 9, 2021, both Andrew and Kelly expressed to fans —via Instagram — that they've "had incredible times together" throughout their five-year relationship, but things have come to an end. They also thanked fans for their continued support and asked for people to respect their privacy at this time.
"Over the past 5 and half years, Andrew and I have shared some incredible times together. I have a tremendous amount of respect and love for him and will always cherish the memories we made, Kelly wrote. "However, we have made the difficult decision to officially separate at this point in our lives. We are both so grateful to have experienced a relationship that allowed us to grow and learn so much."
She continued, "Moving forward, Andrew and I plan to continue working on becoming the best versions of ourselves individually. We want to express our appreciation for your continued support and thank you for allowing us to share our journey. We kindly ask for you to respect our privacy during this time of transition."
Despite his recent reappearance on the show, Kelly says the two don't even speak anymore. She told POPSUGAR when asked about any communication between them: "No, not at all. I changed my number."
'Bling Empire': Kelly admitted that sharing her relationship with the world was a scary process. (EXCLUSIVE)
While Kelly admitted that she was not at the forefront of a lot of drama, her storyline was really about her relationship with Andrew and "finding love and getting to know ourselves at a deeper level."
The Netflix star revealed to Distractify that showing her real-life relationship issues was a "scary process."
"In the Asian culture, you don’t air out your dirty laundry ... whatever happens at home it’s supposed to stay inside," she said. "So, for us, it was just the dynamic of me and Andrew’s relationship. Most people didn’t know how difficult it was at times. People kind of see the happy moments of us when we’re out, but there’s a lot of difficult times."
Kelly Mi Li opened up about "trauma" in Netflix's 'Bling Empire.'
While it may be scary to let the world take a look inside your private life, Kelly revealed that cameras actually made the cast of Bling Empire more "vulnerable."
In Season 1, she and Andrew opened up about personal issues, telling us that the pair dealt with "a lot of trauma" from their past in the series.
"Andrew talks about growing up in an alcoholic, abusive family. He also talks about [his] very absent mother who wasn’t there very much of his time," the television producer told Distractify.
Additionally, Kelly told us that she opened up to cameras about dealing with her father's absence. "My dad left my mom and me when I was 10 years old. He couldn’t ‘stay in the U.S.’ because he wanted to go back to his high position job in China. He didn't want to struggle. His ego as a man couldn’t let him struggle," she said. "We all deal with a lot ... and the past shapes how we are today."
The Bling Empire personality also tells audiences about her first marriage, telling Distractify: "I was married before and the guy I was married to committed one of the biggest cyber scams in American history, so bringing that up is scary."
Bling Empire Season 3 is now available to stream on Netflix.