“There’s no such thing as bad publicity,” Deitrick Haddon recently told Wetpaint Entertainment, and no adage is more appropriate for this breakout star of the Oxygen’s series, Preachers of L.A.. The reality hit returns for a second season on August 20, and Deitrick is back for another go-around — even after the media backlash from his first season showing.
Despite a mega-successful gospel career and his thriving work as a pastor, Deitrick came under fire last year for having a child with one woman, while in the midst of a divorce from another. Fast forward to one year later, and the reality star and his now-wife have a beautiful baby girl and are settling into married life.
We caught up with Deitrick, who spilled on how he overcame the negativity, why he fell out with his castmate this season, and what it’s really like working with Destiny’s Child’s Michelle Williams on Fix My Choir. Read on for all the scoop!
Wetpaint Entertainment: Congrats on Season 2! How did you approach this season differently than the first?
Deitrick Haddon: I don’t think I approached it differently, I just continued on the path that I’m on. I’m very transparent, I’m very real. That was my approach: Keep it honest. Because I think the audience — even if they don’t like everything about it — can respect the fact that you’re keeping it real.
Last year you got some negative attention from people like Wendy Williams about your relationship with your wife. How did you handle that?
It’s the cost of popularity. All that — people talking about your personal business, people coming against you — it comes with the territory. Especially a character like me. I’m just a bold guy, and I own my truth and my mistakes. There’s no such thing as bad publicity — if they’re talking about you, it’s good.
How is married life treating you and Dominique?
Married life is wonderful, and you’re going to see all that on film. We ended the season last year with me dropping the news that I’ve got another baby on the way. We’re picking back up from there. You’ll see the baby, the baby’s here. It’s amazing how children change your life and become your world.
We hear you and Pastor Jay have some issues this season. What happened?
At the end of the day, Jay is my man. But just because you're my dude, that doesn’t give you the right to come at me sideways and expect me to go with it and be cool with it. We definitely fall out, me and Jay. I think falling out is healthy for a relationship. We work through it and you’re going to see it on the show.
What’s going on with your music career these days?
Right now, I’m celebrating music freedom because I was signed to a label for 11 years. I’ve just been freed up, that contract’s been fulfilled. You’re definitely going to get new music, new videos this season on the show. But I’m taking my time with making another record, there’s no rush.
How was working with Michelle Williams on your new show, Fix My Choir?
We’ve been friends for a long time. She’s like a sister to me — she’s almost like my twin. We’ve got the same spirit, same attitude. It was super fun. At times we forgot we were taping the show. I feel a great sense of purpose with this show, because you’d be surprised how massive the choir culture is.
Preachers of L.A. premieres Wednesday, August 20 at 10 p.m. ET on Oxygen.
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