Cyntoia Brown-Long is enjoying a new chapter in her life – not only as a free woman, but a married one as well.
The author, who was famously granted clemency after serving fifteen years in prison, met her husband Jamie Long while behind bars. After being touched by her documentary, Long says he felt a divine calling to write her a letter and burn the edges of it before sending it. Long’s letter somehow stood out from the heap. Brown wrote back, and their romance was sparked from there.
To some, their love story seems too good to be true. Long, who has accompanied his wife in numerous televised interviews and appearances since her release, has been accused of using her for fame. A commenter on Brown-Long’s Instagram recently made mention of this, writing, “He just want the fame. Just watch.”
Brown-Long responded, making it clear that she isn’t tolerating any disrespect towards her husband.
“Let me be clear once and for all: if you are here to disrespect my Husband, then you are disrespecting me as well. You can say what you want, but you won’t do it on MY page,” she wrote. “Jaime is an incredible man and my BEST FRIEND and I’ve spent the past three years of my life with him as my rock. When you see him at my side, it’s because he is supporting his wife–as a real man is supposed to. If you have a problem with our marriage then you can kindly see your way out of my comments, and off of my page. I don’t need your negative vibes in my notifications.”
Brown-Long’s Instagram followers aren’t the first to cast doubts about her husband. Recently, Total singer Pamela Long, Jamie Long’s ex-wife, issued a “warning” to Cyntoia on a radio show called Neighborhood Talk. “May the Lord God protect her and her money,” she said. “It’s about who she is in the public eye and what she has. By her having this face in the media it helps him to have a chance to be around what he deems as the elites. Mr. Long may be able to hide behind his handsome looks of being a good man, but God knows the heart.”
Brown-Long also addressed those who have questioned her husband’s motives in an exclusive interview with ESSENCE. “Social media has its good, but it also has people that think they know you,” she said. “These people ain’t in my house. So I don’t give it much thought.”