Emana Shumpert’s wife, Teyana Taylor, retires from music


Iman Shumpert says his wife, Teyana Taylor, is “hard to look at” to retire from a music career that has worked so hard to build after she felt her efforts were under-valued by corporate forces.

“It’s tough,” Schumpert tells The Post. “It’s hard to watch because I’m there. I see what she’s putting up. I see frustrations when everyone doesn’t agree with an idea.

Taylor, 30, has been married to Shumpert, a 31-year-old from 2016, who is a finalist in the current season of “Dancing with the Stars,” which wrapped up Monday. Taylor He announced his retirement from music in December 2020, A month later Dismantling the Grammy To nominate only male artists for Best R&B Album.

Teyana Taylor and Iam Shumpert in 2016.
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“You better say the best MALE R&B album because I see dk in this category.” Taylor tweeted In November 2020.

In April of this year, Taylor — currently on her farewell tour — Made a noise On Kanye West’s “Good Music” record label, she says she’s “under-appreciated”.

“If I put 110 percent on it and my label would give me something I would appreciate less … anything, 10 percent of it,” Said Taylor At the time.

“I’ve done a lot of work [and] I felt like the label wasn’t really listening to me and [seeing] I am. I feel less appreciated. This does not mean I am permanently retired, she said I do not want to move another inch to the company.

Schumpert says she “understands” Taylor’s frustration “perhaps a little more than everyone else.”

“I’ve seen how an artist is usually put in charge because there is nowhere else to dispel their anger or because they want to hear and accept music in a certain way. I understand her frustration a little bit more than anyone else, so it strikes me a little differently,” the former Knicks guard said.

Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert have been married since 2016.
Teyana Taylor and Iman Shumpert have been married since 2016.
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As for whether or not Taylor might return to music to reconsider one day, Schumpert said, “It’s up to her.”

Schumpert, meanwhile, is gearing up for the season 30 finale of “Dancing with the Stars,” with his dancing partner, Daniella Karagach, hoping to lift the Mirror Ball trophy. Shumpert also addressed if there is anything awkward about putting extended time into physical activity with a woman who is not his wife.

“I think the dance styles we do have nothing really sexual, so this isn’t really an issue for me,” Shumpert said.

“Danny is married, I am married, I think we have a lot of respect for it. Even dancing in it is not compatible. What I am learning is that you are dancing as a friend. .

Along with Schumpert and Karagach, Peloton’s Cody Rigsby and their partner Cheryl Burke compete in Monday’s “Dancing with the Stars” final, with YouTube personalities JoJo Siva and Jenna Johnson and Amanda Clutz and Alan Burston of “The Talk”.

Schumpert believes that the “Dancing with the Stars” audience “fell in love with the view” in relation to their experience with Karagach. [them] Make friends. ”

Daniella Karagach and Iman Schumpert performed at the time
Daniela Karagach and Iman Shumpert perform during “Dancing with the Stars.”

“Danny and I hang our hats on respect and trust, and I think we understand that trying to sell it to people is not one of our brands. It’s more about learning these dances, doing them better, and performing better,” Schumpert said. “I think people have fallen in love with watching the show as friends, rather than seeing what we don’t have.”

The “Dancing with the Stars” finale will be held on ABC at 8pm on Monday. To vote for Schumpert, you can text Iman 21523 10 times after the show starts.



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