Love & Marriage: Huntsville is returning to OWN for the second half of season 2 and it’s the most explosive yet. The ladies of Huntsville are grappling with continued life-changing events in their relationships, friendships, and careers.
The show has followed the ups and downs of the friendships of Melody Holt, Latisha Scott, and Kimmi Scott, and this season, a potential resolution may occur. But aside from that, it’s the ladies’ personal lives that take up the most space.
In the first half of season 2, viewers watched Martell and Melody Holt work to getting their marriage back on track after welcoming a new baby. But Martell’s longtime affair continued and Melody had enough. She filed for divorce in April 2020 seeking to end her 12-year marriage and even moved from Huntsville to Atlanta to focus on getting herself together mentally and emotionally.
She’s since moved back to Huntsville, into her own home and is working through the kinks of divorce, dismantling her martial business, and co-parenting their four children.
Melody admits that the transition has not been the easiest, but that it’s been worth it. Her message for viewers this season is that living in your purpose and finding your peace comes before anything else.
“My journey and following that, I hope that the viewers are able to see and understand, receive or relate to the strength of a woman,” Melody declares to Shadow And Act. “And being able to know that when it’s something that goes against your purpose – I don’t care by way of who – I don’t care if it’s your mama, daddy, husband, whatever – nothing should come against God’s purpose for your life…I wake up every day with a smile on my face and I’ve made a determination to be happy and just walk in my purpose for life. The Pheonix will rise from the ashes and know that the end can be your beginning.”
The friendship between Melody and the Scott sisters, Latisha and Kimmi, has been a bit estranged. While Kimmi tries to play mediatory and remain neutral between the two, Latisha sometimes feels that Kimmi has not always had her back. Despite such, Kimmi is hopeful that viewers focus more on the resolve and not so much on the drama.
“I’m hoping that from everybody’s story, that somebody can get something that will help them get through a milestone,” Kimmi said, who this season stands her ground with her family on everything from not living in close proximity to one another for the sake of her privacy, to not consenting to her husband’s desire for her to quit her full-time job as a nurse to transition into entrepreneurship.
“Whether it’s how to get along better with your in-laws, how to co-parent…I really want people to focus on the lessons that we are trying to bring and not the drama,” Kimmi continued. “Everybody has drama…I love my husband but that doesn’t mean we don’t argue, that doesn’t mean that we don’t have differences in opinions because we do. The goal is that we want you to see healthy reconstruction of relationships, or friendships, of family.”
As for Latisha, she’s continuing to navigate life as a working mother, something she transitioned to after a decade of being a stay-at-home mom. Being married for 14-years, she says she put everything and everyone before herself, nearly losing herself in the process. She’s learning to use her voice in all aspects, including to her husband with old-school traditional values, against Kimmi when she feels she needs more support, and against Melody since the breakdown of their friendship.
“We’ve been very open on the show and have had conversations about how I’ve felt, I gave to husband, I gave to my kids and I sort of kind of forgot about Tisha,” she explained. “Now you’re going to see the process of me finding me again and figuring out the things that I’ve always wanted to do and actually pursuing those things. It’s never too late to pursue your dreams and your goals. When God places something in you, you may place it on pause for a little bit but if He keeps bringing it back up in your spirit, then you have to listen to what God is telling you.”
Love & Marriage: Huntsville premieres on OWN on Saturday, Jan. 30 at 9 pm EST.