On Thursday March 31st 2011, Gumbumper sent out L.A based correspondent and African supermodel, Joyce Mandi to Sherman Oaks, California to interview the very beautiful, gracious, kind with a great personality, accomplished, talented, Jackie Christie who is a best-selling author, designer, manager, producer, humanitarian, entrepreneur, mother of three, and the wife of NBA star Doug Christie, among other things. Mrs. Christie shed a lot of light on her life and undertakings and that of her whole family.
GB: So we at Gumbumper have heard a lot of things about you and we would like to quash the rumors and hear right from the horse’s mouth. So can you tell us who Jackie Christie really is?
Jackie Christie: Yes I’m an author, I’ve written four books. I’m on my 5th book and it’s called sexual relations. It’s a guide, a his and hers guide to finding greater intimacy. I get a lot of fans who write me and ask me what is the secret to a 16year marriage to an NBA star, so I thought I would write the book and talk about some of my secrets. I also have a series coming out, it’s called “Jackie Christie Knows Best”, and it’s a wed series. Me and my husband starred in “Committed” on BET, for two seasons. It’s a show of our life, a reality show and I have alot of businesses and people can go to www.jackiechristie.com to find out more about me.
GB: I understand you are also a designer. Did you make what you are wearing today?
Jackie Christie: Actually I didn’t. I have a new line that’s out in 2011 called the Jackie Christie Black Collection. And I’m not wearing my clothes today but I always do.
GB: So do you think you are misunderstood in any way? Like the things people say about you?
Jackie Christie: I think I’m very misunderstood because a lot of people are intimidated by me, they don’t know how to approach me, they think that I’m really mean and they heard rumors or stories that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
GB: Well I can confirm that you’re not mean; you’re the sweetest lady alive. I Met you once before and I remember how sweet you were. So I know that that is totally false.
Jackie Christie: Thank you. I really appreciate that. It makes me feel good when I meet people and they say “you’re nothing like what the rumors say or the stories that are out there”. And you know, I basically treat people how I want to be treated and once in a while, you get those people that want to try you and then you just put them in their place and it gets misconstrued.
GB: So how long have you and Doug been together?
Jackie Christie: Me and my husband have been together for17yrs now and we’ve been married 16 times.
GB: Oh Wow! Wait… wait, come again…
Jackie Christie: (laughs). Everybody is always shouting when they don’t know about it but yes, we get married every year and it’s a full wedding. Sometimes it’s just me and my husband, sometimes it’s the whole family. We’ve gotten married on cruises, in other countries, at our home; we do the whole dress ceremony, etc. We have a saying that if you’re always planning a wedding, then you don’t have time to plan a divorce.
GB: Wow! So is that the reason behind the remarrying every year?
Jackie Christie: Yeah! On top of that, he’s my best friend, I’m in love with him and I fall in love with him every year over and over again and why not marry him? It’s a family tradition and we plan to do it for the rest of our lives.
GB: And you have three kids, I understand?
Jackie Christie: Yes, we have three kids. We have two daughters and one’s name is Ta’kari and one is Chantell and we have a son named Doug Jr.
GB: And they’re all writers.
Jackie Christie: Yeah, they’re all writers.
GB: You think it’s in the genes. I mean, the mom is a best-selling author…
Jackie Christie: (laughs) Thank you. I think reading is a big thing in out household, writing as well. My husband is a writer, I’m a writer so all of us definitely write together and we write separately as well.
GB: How did your book, “No Ordinary Love” do?
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