Meet Tia & Tamera's Cousin Jerome aka the "Third Twin"
Tia and Tamera's cousin Jerome Wiggins will be all over Season 2 of Style's hit show, which returns Monday, June 11, at 8/7c. Read on to learn more about the person whom the girls affectionately call the "third twin."
Why is it that you're so close to Tia and Tamera? Describe the dynamic of your relationship with them.
I'm the voice of truth for Tia and Tamera. The reason we get along so well is because I love them as not a fan. Don't get me wrong: I am their biggest fan hands down—the girls work so hard—but I have their best interest at heart. Our communication is really great. We can be ourselves around each other. We share so many things. We share the same love for God. We share the same love for our family. I'm like their big brother. Even though I'm a year older than them, I feel like their big brother. They also get an insight into the male psyche, between me and their brothers. I learn a lot about females from them, too. The thing that bonds the girls and I is really love—real love.
As their cousin, you know more than anyone the real Tia and Tamera. What are their personalities like?
I have given Tia a new nickname. Her new nickname is Wonder Woman. She's so amazing. She's so strong. She's a go-getter. Tia has a tenacity that's very rare. She has such tenacity for her craft and for her family and for Cree. I love that about Tia. She's strong in that way. She's a hard lover. Tamera is equally as a strong, but she's a quiet strong. I admire Tamera's quiet strong. Just don't piss her off. My nickname for her is Princess because she is regal at all times. She's so loving. She's such a mother. She's all of our mothers. She's going to be someone else's mother very soon! My favorite thing about Tamera is absolutely her heart. She has an amazing heart for everybody.
Is there anything that the fans would be surprised to learn about the girls? Do they have any quirks?
They're obsessed with brushing their teeth! I don't know anybody who brushes their teeth as much as they do. They'll use their electric tooth brush. They'll stop and use their regular tooth brush. They go hard on their teeth!
What things do you like to do with Tia and Tamera when you hang out? Where do you guys like to eat?
It might sound so cliché and corny, but we just love to be together. We don't have to have an agenda. But it's always an adventure. I live in Pennsylvania, but when I'm out there way in L.A., we like to eat everywhere! There's nothing like brunch at the Urth Caffé. Everybody needs to go to the Urth Caffé. It's just so organic and so good. I love their omelette. I also love the restaurant Toast. Their red velvet cupcakes are the devil. When we're on Tia's side, which is more in the Valley, we go to Hugo's. They have absolutely the best turkey burger in the whole world.
Tia and Tamera started out as child actors. What was it like growing up with two famous cousins?
I supported them when they were younger. I saw Sister, Sister as my cousins having a job. They were never different. They were always just my cousins. I made appearances on Sister, Sister—you wouldn't recognize me though. I'm a guy who has lost a lot of weight. I've lost 142 pounds over the last eight years. It's just so wonderful to watch them grow into beautiful adults and conquer Hollywood. Are they perfect? No. Have they made mistakes? Yes! But to know they've made it in this business, are loved and still have their dignities intact, that's amazing! I've always been their unofficial bodyguard, unofficial publicist, assistant manager. I've always been there to play that assistant role. It's been great. They've never changed. They're my cousins. They never have a problem introducing me to anyone. I've never felt like the odd man out. To this day, they'll tell me, "You're more Hollywood than we are!"
Have you met any cool people thanks to having cousins who are in show business? Tell us about it!
Tons! One of my biggest experiences was meeting Whitney Houston. I'm a singer. Singing has always been a passion of mine. Whitney has been such an amazing part of my life—and Tia and Tamera's lives as well. Meeting her was one of my highlights. It was a few years ago. I don't really get star struck, but that's one experience I'll never forget it! I've also met Halle Berry through going out with Tia and Tamera. Do I need to say anything else?
Tamera recently announced that she and Adam are expecting a baby. How excited are you for Tamera?
I am so ecstatic for her! She's beautiful as is, but she has this whole other glow. She has this baby bump that's amazing. She and Adam are very excited. I told her that her baby is going to be one of the most bubbly babies because Tamera is such a happy person. She's such kind person. She's so uptempo to people. I was also excited for her because we call each other late bloomers. Tamera told me, "You're next!" Tia wants to hook me up. Every woman has that fairytale wedding and the fairytale groom and soon she'll have the fairytale baby. I'm really happy!
Check out the new Cousin Love! Jerome With Tia & Tamera gallery below to see pics of Jerome and the girls—and don't forget to catch the Season 2 premiere of Tia & Tamera on Monday, June 11 at 8/7c on Style.