Little Women: Dallas’s Emily Fernandez on the ‘Traumatic’ Loss of Her Son — Exclusive
The Lifetime star chatted with Wetpaint about dealing with her grief, filming through the trauma, and her brand new series.
“It’s definitely been a struggle,” she tells us exclusively of hers and boyfriend Lontel Johnson’s “traumatic” loss.
“Lontel and I had a rough first couple months. And now we’re doing OK. We talk to each other about it and that’s how we get through it.”
Emily is also helping her daughter Eva, 5, work through her grief as she starts kindergarten.
“Eva’s doing good,” the reality star assures us. “She does speak about it and ask questions, which I encourage her to do.”
It seems we’ll see some of that emotional parenting when Dallas premieres Wednesday, November 2.
“This season of Dallas is kind of me finding my groove again,” the mother explains.
“But I’m also still coping with what I’m going through … So you can still see I’m trying to work through it. I’m not fully OK yet, but I’m doing my best to put on a good face.”
Despite some heavy subject material, it’s clear the network’s newest Little Women franchise will share its sister show’s trademark fun-loving atmosphere.
“The Dallas cast is a lot more young,” the busy mom says of her new “free-spirited” co-stars, including BFF Bri Barlup.
“They’re fun, they’re just finding their groove, they’re finding who they are, and getting their careers.”
Now that Emily’s leading a number of Lifetime reality shows — like friend Terra Jolé — it’s impossible not to wonder if she’s considering following in the Dancing With the Stars contestant’s footsteps.
“I don’t think I could remember that many dances,” the club promoter jokes — although we shouldn’t count her out yet.
“But I’m always open to anything,” she continued. “So if the opportunity came up I would give it a try — I don’t know how successful I would be but I would give it a try.”
Well, Emily, we’ll be here ready to cheer you on when the time comes!
Little Women: Dallas premieres Wednesday, November 2, at 10 p.m. ET on Lifetime.