I’ll never forget how proud I was when actress and television host Adrienne Bailon announced that she had called off her engagement. Initially, I was devastated for her. I couldn’t imagine getting so close to marrying the love of my life only for things to fall apart so suddenly. However, once Bailon shared why she ended the relationship, everything began to make sense—and I began to feel happy for her.
To put it simply: As much as Adrienne loved her fiancé, Lenny Santiago, she just knew that things weren’t right. It wasn’t that he’d done anything wrong, it just hit her that they weren’t right for each other. Unfortunately, she came to the realization after she had announced their engagement on national television; however, instead of remaining in a situation that she knew was wrong for the sake of keeping up appearances or out of fear of admitting that she got it wrong this time, Adrienne chose to be brave.
Sometimes in life, we’re going to get things wrong. We may end up at companies that we thought would be a perfect fit for us. We may enter relationships with guys that we thought were right for us. And we may move the sun, moon and stars to obtain things that we thought would make us happy—only to later realize that this thing isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. While our egos may make us feel that we have to grin and bear it in these unhappy situations just to save face, this simply is not true. And Tyra Banks’ recent announcement that she’s leaving her new television show, “Tyra Banks Presents FABLife,” after just two months is evidence of that.
While it’s not 100 percent clear why Banks chose to leave the show, it’s evident that something wasn’t right. However, instead of sticking around just to keep up appearances, she made some tough decisions that she apparently felt were right for her.
“This is a very difficult decision, but necessary,” she said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. “I will be devoting more time to my new, growing cosmetics company, TYRA Beauty, which is expanding faster than anticipated, as well as overseeing my company’s other entertainment ventures. I will, however, continue to support the growth and success of FABLife and greatly admire my fellow co-hosts and the talented production team behind the show.”
I’m pretty sure that Tyra thought about all of the criticism she would receive after the public learned that she was abandoning ship after just two months. I’m sure she thought of all of capital that went into marketing the series and all who would be disappointed by her decision, but in the end, she did what she had to do.
There are times when you should fight and persevere, but there are also times when it’s okay to say “I quit.”