» On a recent interview with the newspaper The Denver Post
, Kenyon Martin let a glimpse into his private life. He spoke about girlfriend Trina
and other things. Check it out:
What is that on Kenyon Martin's neck?
Those are lips, smackers as red as Mike Shanahan's face. But these aren't just anybody's lips - they are those of his steady girl, the equally enraptured rapper named Trina
"She was there when I was getting the tattoo," Martin said. "I had her kiss on the paper." Martin seldom speaks publicly about his private life. But he opened up last week, talking about what it's like to be camera phone-flashing famous - and dating a pretty woman who graces magazine covers wearing, to quote Marilyn Monroe, "Chanel No. 5."
"Ain't nothing normal about it," Martin said, "especially in the public eye. She has fans, I have fans. You can't go certain places or do certain things - we probably don't go to too many clubs, but we do go to eat, and people will recognize her or me."
The duo became acquaintances about three years ago, Martin said, "but nobody really knew at first," he said, "becoming friends at first, just getting to know the person she is, it was a cool (process)."
It wasn't hard to fall for her. She's what a hip-hop artist would call "a dime" (translation: a modern Bo Derek). And, just as Martin has established a reputation for being a bad boy on the court, speaking his mind with thunderous honesty, Trina has a similar reputation in the recording studio, where she raps lyrics that would make Lenny Bruce cringe.
Now, Martin lives in a large home that he shares with his mother. What was her reaction when he brought home a woman who, on the parental advisory version of her album, refers to herself as "Da Baddest (Chick)?"
"Mom was cool with her," Martin said with a smile. "Mom probably listens to more hip-hop than I do! And then with my mom just getting to know her and the person she is, that meant a lot to me. If Mom approves, then I guess you're OK. . . . and my mom loves her to death."
At home, K-Mart and Trina are Kenyon and Katrina, a young couple in love. They gossip, and talk about their days at work and watch television. "I got her hooked on 'The Unit' right now," Martin proudly said. "I watch a lot of animal shows and detective-type shows - and 'Most Evil.' "
Trina is a Miami native but has spent a lot of time in Denver - "The shopping's not the best, but she makes do" - and she sometimes attends Nuggets games.
And so, now it seems the big question is: Are there wedding bells in their future?
"We're not thinking about that now - we're still becoming good friends and things like that," Martin said. "If it happens, it happens, but it's not something that we're talking about at this point. We don't want to jeopardize something good that we have going on."