People are always obsessed with celebrity relationships, especially if two people of note ultimately end up tying the knot. There's even more interest if the rich and famous individuals spend their wealth on an expensive wedding that screams excess, which is exactly what happened between Jamaican-American rapper Safaree and TV personality/artist and video vixen Erica Mena.
But after news of Erica's divorce filing in summer 2021, the stars' social media posts have led people to ask: Why did the pair — who got married in October 2019 — split up in the first place?
Not to mention, Erica's recent viral night out has social media wondering about the status of their separation. Read on to get the deets.
Erica Mena recently celebrated her divorce from Safaree Samuels with a club appearance.
If you thought that Erica would be deep in her sorrows for long after news of her and Safaree's split, think again. The Bronx native appears to be in great spirits amid the controversy surrounding her broken relationship.
It appears that the divorce may have recently been finalized. On Sept. 5, 2021, The Shade Room posted a few clips of the reality star hanging out with friends at a club. And in the videos, she had no problem announcing to guests that she is celebrating her divorce.
"Hold on a second. Ladies, can we say it together: 'Pray for him,'" Erica says on the mic. "OK, DJ, you can turn it up again. I'm officially f---ing single.
Erica maintained the same energy and went on to give more insight into her broken relationship.
"Guess what? This is my divorce party. One more time, this is my divorce party," Erica says while recording her speech in the club.
Erica Mena officially filed for divorce from Safaree in May 2021.
Per TMZ, the on-again, off-again relationship between the Love & Hip Hop stars culminated in a divorce filing in May 2021, but not without its fair share of drama. Fans noticed that in Erica's second pregnancy photo shoot around the same time, she wasn't wearing a ring in the picture, although the child does indeed belong to Safaree. She became pregnant just a year after having their first child, Safire.
Their son Legend was born in June 2021.
Why did Safaree and Erica Mena divorce?
In November 2020, Safaree set social media abuzz after posting a photo of his abs and black-and-orange Rolls-Royce (and orange umbrella on a sunny day, because good lighting is everything I guess). The caption of the photo initially read, "BACHELOR! ENDING 2020 RIGHT!" He hashtagged #divorcecourt in the photo.
The caption was later changed to, "10:30 a.m. Friday. World premiere," with red exclamation point emojis.
As of this writing, to legally divorce someone in the U.S., tagging a court of law in an Instagram post is not a binding agreement, which means that although the two were separated, Safaree and Erica were still married at the time.
The couple officially tied the knot in October 2019 — a date that Safaree and Erica both claimed to regret in an online argument in early 2021. Safaree, who set the social media spat in motion, posted that getting married was one of the worst mistakes in his life, a statement that Erica adamantly agreed with.
Safaree wrote on Twitter in February 2021, "I mean this from the bottom of my heart, getting married was one of my BIGGEST mistakes and it will never happen again. I’m walking away before I end up in jail over some dumb s--t. Nobody is worth my freedom!!!”
Erica didn't take long to respond to Safaree's post, calling her soon-to-be ex-husband childish and condemning his actions as a parent to their young daughter, Safire. Erica retorted, "Since you always run to social media like a little girl I might as well join in. I absolutely agree with you on this. You are the most selfish, vain, and inconsiderate person. And not just with me but your only daughter!"
Erica later added, "Out of RESPECT for my daughter and to honor my growth as a woman. I’m going to get back to doing what I do best. Make money and be only about my business. Entertaining social media with my issues isn’t my thing."
Erica — who also has an older son named King (born in 2007) with ex Raul Conde — seemingly announced news of her and Safaree's split via social media in September 2020 when she wrote, "MY Kids. This is what my life is about! Priorities be really f----d up for some people. Blessed I’m not one of those idiots."
With the news that Mena filed for divorce from Safaree with apparently no chance of reconciling, it seems that one of those "idiots" was most definitely a reference to Safaree.