I grew up in the church - Yanique

June 09, 2016
Yanique Barrett
Anthony Minott/Freelance Photographer Scenes during Magnum Beach A Rama at Cable Hut Beach, in Bull Bay, St Andrew, recently.

Her recent behaviour at several entertainment events may be described by some as risque, and with her prominence in the dancehall, many persons may be shocked to learn that our STAR of the Month grew up in the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

In a recent interview with THE STAR, Yanique Barrett, more popularly known as the 'Curvy Diva', described what it was like for her growing up in the church and how much her religion affected her decisions as she grew older.

"I was born in it (the Seventh-Day Adventist Church), so I didn't know anything different. It was fine," she explained. "I went to a Seventh-Day prep school then high school, so I grew up with it as the norm. I never miss anything not going to the movies or the high school barbecues. I didn't see the outside world because I was so involved in that."

She added that when she came of age and started experiencing things outside of the church, she started getting involved in secular activities.

"What growing up in the church did for me was make me become so frightened. When I got out, mi did just frighten over everything, so if a pan knock deh so mi haffi deh deh. I wanted to enjoy everything and experience everything," she said.

0The 'Curvy Diva' explained that while she still attends church from time to time, she no longer lives by the rules that govern the Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

"I go to church and I also go on Sundays too because mi believe the Lord deh deh too. Is not like Sunday church nuh have Jesus. I just go when I want to," she said.

"To say that I still follow the whole Seventh-Day rules, I don't, and I don't force the practises on my daughter either because I remember what it was like for me when I finally got out. Experiencing the whole world all at once was just too much. If I had a little bit of it growing up maybe mi wouldn't' so frighten," she said, laughing.

Stressing that she is a very private person away from the media's eyes, Barrett expressed her love for just being at home, watching movies and spending time with her daughter.

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