Season four of Mary Mary’s hit self-titled WeTV reality show won’t be like the last. Last year, the gospel duo took a break from creating music together, split from their longtime manager, and endured the death of their father. As if that wasn’t enough, Tina Campbell revealed that her husband,American Idol drummer Teddy Campbell, was unfaithful to her. So why did the ladies keep cameras rolling?
“We had to come back because we believed that [if] we allowed to show the bad then you have to see the good,” Erica Campbell tells ABC Radio. “I was like, ‘Tina we have to do a season four because God has to show how he fixes things because he can fix things.’ And if we would’ve just left it with season three you would’ve been left with all that devastation. We would not let that be the last thing that you remember.”
Tina says that since learning of her husband’s transgressions, the two have come a long way. Teddy re-proposes to Tina and the two renew their vows this season. “I’m appreciative for love again,” she explains. “It’s kind of just like a testament of wow, real love can really make it through something. To look back at it now, we’re evolving. We’re growing,” she explains.
The ordeal has also helped Tina’s career: she’s decided to go solo with an album called It’s Personal. If you recall last season, Erica went solo with her Grammy Award-winning album, Help, much to Tina’s dismay. Tina explains why she decided to go solo after giving her sister a hard time.
“After dealing with the devastation of my marriage…[I had] to heal through that. While I’m trying to heal, the things that I’m using to heal I did not know that that was what I was going to be giving to the world,” she explains. “It was just for me, it was for God, it was to encourage myself, it was to remind myself, it was to reflect and kind of keep moving forward.”
Tina previewed one song on the album, which comes out in May. “Like this one song, it goes, ‘This body is the temple of the Lord. This body is the temple of the Lord…’ and it’s like this chant,” she describes. “I wrote a song telling myself that because I was using my hands for violence, I was using my mouth to kill people with it. My thoughts and everything were evil, violent, homicidal, suicidal.”
Tina says she wrote so many songs and words of encouragement during her healing process that she’s even coming out with a book, titled I Need a Day to Pray.
Whether the sisters come together to produce another Mary Mary album, Erica and Tina say you have to tune into their show. They also detailed what you can expect this season, such as “seeing what forgiveness looks like,” Tina says, before adding, “trying to figure out what to do with the group.”
Watch it all when Mary Mary returns Thursday at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
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