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Flex & Shanice went from wealthy to homelessness

Flex and Shanice lost everything/Spill Today

Flex & Shanice went broke fast.

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HOLLYWOOD — Being rich and famous is cool and all. But sometimes you gotta get off ya derrière and work. Spill Today released the documentary of comedic actor Flex Alexander and R&B songstress Shanice Wilson — the husband and wife duo who regressed from generational wealth to homelessness at the blink of an eye. From the outside looking in, Flex and Shanice appeared to have a fairytale marriage. But they were living a big fat lie. As a matter of fact… money had gotten so tight, they were relegated to moving in with family. “It happens a lot,” Shanice explained. “That’s why you have to know what you’re signing. You gotta have the right people around you. It’s a dark industry. It can really mess you up.” All hell broke loose when Shanice became gravid and the record label dropped her like a bad habit. Company execs thought she’d lose her sex appeal.

The “I Love Your Smile” singer did, however, record an album without a label.

But, needless to say, it didn’t go well.

Shanice’s music métier was pretty much toast.

The arrow appeared to be pointing up in 2001 when Flex caught a big break and landed a starring role on the UPN family sitcom “One on One,” earning $25,000 per week. But when the network canceled the show after 5 seasons, Flex and Shanice were suddenly mired in destitution. They didn’t have a pot to piss in, nor a window to throw it out. “As a man, I felt like I had failed,” Flex bemoaned.

“My show had finished and the money had stopped but the expenses stayed there. Our mortgage was $4,000 to $5,000 a month. We had cars, credit card bills. We refinanced our mortgage to pull money out to keep pushing along.”

In addition to refinance, the penurious lovebirds tapped into their retirement to cover expenses, and that included the mortgage on their upscale residence in Los Angeles. But, in 2010, they came home and found a foreclosure notice on the front door. Soon after, Flex and Shanice began liquidating assets. They sold their designer watches, jewelry, and their fleet of luxury cars.

They filed bankruptcy to stay afloat, then moved into a rental home with relatives to split bills.

During an appearance on “Black Love,” a lachrymose Flex recalled borrowing money from actor Chris Spencer to take Shanice out on a date. It’s some of the saddest sh*t you’ll ever see. “[It was] our anniversary and I couldn’t do anything for you,” Flex told Shanice before wiping away tears. “And Chris, he gave me $350 so that I can take you out.”

Memo to fellas: Never, ever tell your woman you’re broke. Take that sh*t to the grave.

To say they hit rock-bottom would be a vast understatement.

But, rather than sulk in penury, Flex and Shanice did a self-titled reality television show to reveal their pecuniary struggles. The show was hardly a cash cow. It ran for only two years. But a paycheck’s a paycheck; especially when you’re penurious. “It was something we both agreed to do,” Flex recalled, referring to the reality series.

“We had gone through tough financial times and just everything was upside down. We wanted to tell a story that’s inspiring, that people can look and say, ‘hey it’s not just me.'”

“At one point, her music stopped,” Flex continued. “One on One ended, and you have these expenses and nothing is coming in to replenish those expenses… everything’s going out… We lived at the Embassy Suites… Yes, we lost our home… We were living in a hotel.”

Don’t mean to kick a man when he’s down, but Flex should’ve filled out some job applications.

Carl Anthony Payne, who played Cole on “Martin,” sold used cars to make ends meet.

Ditto for “Cosby Show” actor Geoffrey Owens who bagged groceries at Trader Joe’s.

There’s no excuse.

Flex is lucky Shanice didn’t divorce his ass.

That said, let’s give ’em credit for eschewing the Illuminati.

They stayed loyal to God when it would’ve been profitable to sell their souls.

Watch the explosive documentary.

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  1. I always liked Shanice & Flex so sorry this has happened to them . They are still together just goes to show the love they have for each other and there family , I hope things start looking up for them 💜

  2. 25k a WEEK for 5 seasons is pretty substantial- however I am glad they’ve overcome ❤❤

  3. I wish nothing but the best for Shanice and Flex. They probably would have been just as successful as the others if they had joined the cult like so many others. They were not willing to sale their souls to the devil. They are practicing what they preach and only serving God and not man. God bless them.

  4. It’s wonderful to see that they have been able to stand strong and get through all that the industry CAN put a person through.
    Many blessings for Flex and Shanice!

  5. I’m not talking down on them at all because I’m not the best at money management but 25,000 a week should have definitely been invested. In a laundromat a fast food chain a car wash something u not really making money until u can make it in ur sleep . Basically letting the money work for u .

  6. He made 25k every week from his show with a mortgage of 4k a month. Wth were they doing with the rest of the money? That’s damn near 100k a month.

  7. Sounds like a humiliation ritual and they managed to get through it. 👏🏽👏🏽💯👏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽

  8. It’s a damn shame that Shanice wasn’t a superstar like Beyonce, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston. She has arguably the greatest angelic voice in music.

  9. 25k per week for 5 seasons aka YEARS? Yeah they wasted money. I don’t feel bad for them 🤷🏾‍♀️

  10. They still talking about being broke damn…. We get it. They want fame and want to stay in the spotlight.

  11. Doesn’t sound like the industry was evil… they just had bad money management. Do better.

  12. Shanice still has a great smile 😀 and her song I love your smile reminds me of my early teenage years

  13. Shanice, Tracie and Stacy Lattisaw-Jackson will always be my fav female singers

  14. They decided not to be apart of the illuminati and I respect them for that.

  15. Shanice deserves better. Damn shame a man can’t take care of his wife.

  16. The Label should have allowed her to sing more pop songs like “i love your smile”, pop songs is where she excelled 😢

  17. What I can’t understand is why not get a regular job. The money is still green.

  18. Fun Fact: Shanice also sang a duet with Jon Secada “If I Never Knew You” from Disney’s Pocahontas.

  19. Flex and Shanice exemplify Black Love. Through all the hardships in their marriage they still weathered the storm together.

  20. Record companies are no less than slithering snakes 🐍
    Love Shanice 👑✨🌟☀️🎤🎶🏆🏆🏆♥️

  21. They are one of my favorite couples strictly based off of their beautiful family, love triumphs over tribulations and tenacity. So I was so excited when they got their show and I watched the first season but by the time season 2 came around the family dynamic and the antics seemed a bit forced and corny like they were just reaching for content and it became a struggle for me to watch 😞 even though I wanted to see their career combacks. I just wish they had more experienced producers and advisors so maybe they wouldn’t have gotten cancelled.

  22. She is so damn sexy! I had dreams of being her husband before Flex! Well, she is his wife now. I wish them the best all the time. Things will better and better for this couple and their children. Peace.

  23. Seems like shanice didn’t wanna work anymore 🤷🏾‍♀️ she could’ve did broadway background work etc she left the weight solely on his shoulders

  24. @KK1UNIQUE: The record company fired her after she got pregnant then she raised their kids you doofus

  25. Please….. They were spending too much. 25K a week for 5 seasons can buy a nice house and car.

  26. Not an industry sell-out couple💑great! keep struggling in love ❤ instead of struggling in hell 😈

  27. I’ve had my share of ups and downs also. Lost cars and crap over the years. It’s not about what you lose temporarilly, it’s what you gain forever. I’ve gained way more than I’ve lost over the years and that’s the plus! Being a teen and seeing them at the beginning of their careers and then hearing they lost everything was hard to hear. You can literally see how hard they worked! The evidence is all the television shows and music she’s put out. So you know it’s not a factor of them being lazy. They’re hard workers!

  28. Flex is lazy. I’d rather work a 9 to 5 than let my family be homeless.

  29. Omg I was watching her unsung when she said they were at dinner with friends and various ones gave them the money to move in their house almost had me in tears 😭 mainly cuz I had something similar happen to me

  30. Hang tough Beautiful couple,GOD’S got you,FOREVER,as long as you’re taking care of each other!

  31. In my opinion.
    They just made bad financial decisions. This whole story is a couple living over their financial limits. Not the effects of the evil industry. 😅

  32. She’s a beautiful woman and has a respectable career! Very happy she and Flex are still married

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