“I make my own money. I do my own thing. I’m successful. I’m attractive. I don’t have to chase behind anybody and I don’t have to be anybody’s secret,” reality-TV star and model Milan Christopher explained when talking about his on-and-off again relationship with his on-camera lover Siir Brock (Miles) on “Love & Hip-Hop: Hollywood.”
The very handsome couple, both rappers and producers, sparked a surge of interest on the hit reality-TV show when the announcement of their casting broke on my blog a couple months ago. The increase in the show’s viewership proved that masculine Black gay characters, especially couples, can generate public interest on television as the representation of a masculine Black gay star in reality-TV for years. Viewers have been tuning into LHHH every Monday night to see the drama unfold as Milan, the openly gay rapper/model, pressures his lover Miles, the closeted rapper/producer, to come out of the closet and come clean about his sexuality to his ex-girlfriend April, whose son he stands in as a father figure.
Tired of feeling like that secret sidepiece to a man he is in love with, Milan conveyed why he gave Miles the ultimatum to join him on “Love & Hip-Hop” and come out the closet.
“I want to have a family. I don’t want to be out here – 35, 40, 50 years old. You know how some guys are – on some different applications and h0oking up randomly. That gets old.”
Since tonight’s episode of the show, viewers will see Miles tell his family, friends and ex-girlfriend that he is gay, I asked Milan how will they continue
their on-and-off again relationship now that Miles complied with his demands.
“I don’t know what else to expect from this relationship, other than that he did come out and did the things I asked him to do. And, I still love him.”
Though the public reception of Miles’ and Milan’s relationship is polarizing from congratulatory and inspiring to suspecting and tea-spilling, no one can deny that the platform that the beautiful gay hip-hop couple has is groundbreaking and has the potential of opening doors in the hip-hop and entertainment industries. “It’s pioneering to be the person who brings this type of…Black gay male figure to television, and I am happy about that because no matter what, I always going to be that person,” beamed Milan as he realized his platform.
About those skeptics who believe that he and Miles are faking a relationship to be on reality-TV, Milan gathered them with these parting words.
“If it was up to everyone else, I probably wouldn’t be on the show. I’m on the show being me, and that’s the only thing I can be and I’m being unapologetic for it.”
Check out the interview below.
“West Coast” Siir Brock (featuring Ashad)
“Is You Mad or Nah” Milan Christopher (featuring Lola Monroe & TS Madison)