Rapper The Game has credited his new reality Tv show with bringing him closer to his fiancee Tiffney Cambridge, even though it initially drove a wedge between them.
The Dreams hitmaker was set to exchange vows with the teacher in July (12), but he called off the wedding just days before the ceremony, which was to be filmed for Vh1 series Marrying The Game.
The couple reconciled weeks later and the rapper announced the engagement was back on. Now he admits the Tv project caused more drama than expected.
He tells Sister 2 Sister magazine, "It was a challenge. It got a little bit more reality than I thought... because before you start taping, everything is all good and your family's fine. You know, you and your girl are doing alright, and you just think that when the reality show comes, it's gonna be all peaches and cream.
"But you forget that reality is real, and once those cameras get to rolling, you can't turn them off when you have a disagreement, an argument, a fight, or when something happens...
"It almost tore us apart, but luckily, at the end of the day, it brought us closer."
The rapper insists their eight-year history together and their commitment to their kids was key to rebuilding the relationship when things started to break down.
He says, "I think we got a lot invested. We got children, both parties are invested in each other's families and whatnot, and I think it's too late to just start over. Like, who wants to meet somebody new and ask them their last name and what's their favourite colour or what's their favourite food when you're already used to being with somebody? Starting over, it's just too much to fathom...
"For me, in this situation, I just couldn't see it really ending, no matter how bad it got. I just couldn't see my family separated."
Cambridge is the mother of The Game's young son King Justice and baby daughter Cali Dream.