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LisaRaye Explains Why She Called Off 1-Month Engagement To TV BAE - 'Love Don't Pay The Bills'


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LisaRaye McCoy is single again after ending a 1-month engagement to her TV BAE Anthony B. Now, she's explaining why she decided to ends things with him and what she's looking for in a man. Some would call her a gold digger, but she said that's far from the truth. More inside...

LisaRaye McCoy stepped outside the box to look for love, but it didn't work out like she hoped it would.

Last month, "The Players Club" actress, who is two-times divorced, appeared on ABC's "The Proposal" where she ended up getting engaged to 44-year-old sales representative Anthony Bryant, who is a Chicago native like her.

Anthony, who was 1 of 10 men competing for LisaRaye's love, popped the question after knowing her for less than an hour. And she accepted.

Here's his on-screen proposal:



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There was a 2nd proposal that went down in her home where she was surrounded by family and friends. Check it:

While they seemingly had a lot in common - like attending the same college - the 51-year-old actress said they are better off as friends. Why? Well, the chemistry just wasn't there AND LisaRaye said she wanted to be "equally yoked" with her partner.

She went on Instagram to announce she and Anthony B had called things off:

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The "All Of Us" actress said during a Facebook Live clip that she's glad she did the show. She said she agreed to do it because she was "lonely" and wanted to find a companion.

She then went on to say that she wants a man that's "equally yoked." Despite the fact people call her a gold digger, she said she shouldn't feel bad for wanting a man who can provide on her level.

"I don't want to wear the pants in my relationship," she said in the Facebook Live video. "I wear the pants now. I do everything."


"Money can't buy you happiness, but love can't pay the bills. At all."

We feel you, chick.

The "Single Ladies" actress then went on to explain exactly what she wants in a man:

"I'm not going to be standing in someone's face trying to figure out 'How are we going to pay our bills?' because we're doing that naturally and normally on the level of survival. So, I don't want to hear that shit about 'Oh, she a gold digger.' Like I said, gold digging is high school. I'm at platinum status now. I want someone that will not be intimated by coming into my life, by sharing in my lifestyle because I'm not gone change that. Because if you can't handle it now where I'm at, then you're not going to be able to handle it when I grow even more and I'm doing that everyday."

"I don't want him to be intimidated. I don't want him to feel insecure. There's a lot of things that come with me that a man may not like. You may not like. Guess what that means? You're not for me. And rest assure, that I'm not gone crumble and fall because you don't like me. Or, because my life is too big for you to even understand. I make no apologies for that. And I don't make any apologies about who I am, who I want and who I need in my life as my significant other. I can't imagine being with someone insecure."

She said she doesn't have time for an insecure man questioning her about why she's talking to her (male) director or (male) co-stars on the red carpet or at a party.

"I don't have time for anyone to come into my home and see how I live and go "oh, I'm not going to be able...' Don't waste each others time. I'm not leaving my environment or my home and you take me to a hut, or you take me to a one bedroom apartment that's not furnished. I'm not leaving that. I'm not going backwards. I'm not going down. I'm not suppressing anything. I'm not doing none of that shit for nobody. I want to be equally yoked. People on different levels move differently."

"What did Beyonce say? The hustle has to match. It has to match. We often think, what if Beyonce and Jay Z broke up? Who in the hell would they date? That would be very hard for both of them."

LisaRyae has been married and divorced twice. She first married former NFL player Tony Martin in the 90s. They divorced two years later. Then, she married Michael Misick, who had been elected the Premier of the Turks and Caicos Islands (a position previously known as "Chief Minister of the Turks and Caicos Islands") in the early 2000s. Their relationship only lasted two years as well. However, the former First Lady of Turks & Caicos admitted  Michael leveled her up.

Looks like Anthony B couldn't provide her with that.

She said she and Anthony had a lot of "friend energy," but that's as far as their "relationship" went. She said they tried, but "love" wasn't there. She said once they had a discussion and they realized there was no chemistry between them, they realized that they were better off as friends.

Watch this clip of them below. We gotta agree.  There's NO chemistry:

However, she's still positive the man of her dreams is out there.

"I'm still going to continue to look for love," she said. "I'm looking for a portion of my father. Somebody who's going to look at me and love me, and cherish me and take care of me. Absolutely am. So, I'm not scared of trying to find love again. And you all will know when I find it too because I'll be happy. And I'll have a much bigger ring than what I got [laughs]. Because honey, that was like, 'where it's at?' My everyday ring was bigger than that."

The mom of 1 and grandmom of 1 said she's not going to settle and she shouldn't have to because she knows her worth.

Peep her full explanation below (starting at the 12-minute mark):


Photos: The Proposal's Twitter

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