Love After Lockup alums Brittany Dodd Santiago and husband Marcelino Santiago tell all about how they met. Plus, they discuss their pasts and how they became the couple they are today. Take a look at the in-depth story of how the WEtv reality couple got to where they are now.
Love After Lockup: Brittany Dodd and Her Rough Past
Love After Lockup star Brittany Dodd’s life before she met husband Marcelino was very sad and difficult. She had a rough childhood that led her to prison. She ran away from home when she was very young in search of a better life. Sadly, she didn’t find it and she became a homeless teenager. She fell in with the wrong people and wound up a meth addict.
After years of drug abuse, the Love After Lockup cast member went to prison at age 18 and did 5 years. She was a lonely and heartbroken girl until Marcelino came into her life. While in prison, Brittany Dodd did some soul-searching in an attempt to change so she didn’t go back to prison. Brittany was lonely so she put an ad on a pen-pal website. Then, a couple of months later she got a letter from Marcelino.
In the letter, he said he would like a friendship and would like to talk to her. She didn’t have access to the internet in jail. So, she had to do everything by mail. She sent photos and what she would like to say on her profile to the pen-pal company. Then, they made the profile for her. Later, she received her first letter from Marcelino and she liked very much how he came across. She said he sounded attractive and funny as well as very smart. Clearly, he was everything Brittany Dodd of Love After Lockup was looking for and more.
LALU: Marcelino Santiago Tells His Side
Marcelino Santiago from Life After Lockup says his life before Brittany was full of ups and downs. He says he was here, there, and everywhere and without restrictions. However, he reached a point where he wanted someone to share his life with. That’s when he got serious about wanting to settle down. Then, he came across the website he and Brittany met on by one of his friends who did time in prison himself.
Originally, he wasn’t looking for someone who was in jail it just worked out that way. Marcelino says, he scrolled through inmates for quite a while until he came to Brittany Dodd’s profile. Her picture made him want to stop and see who the woman was behind “those eyes”.
The Turning Point- Love After Lockup
Marcelino Santiago wrote one letter and Brittany wrote one back in response. The Love After Lockup celeb says she came to him very truthful and honest. Also, the way she described how she ended up in prison, it was easy for him not to judge her but to get to know her and see who she is. Then, a couple of days later, he was there at the prison to meet her and she was in awe.
They got to talking and by the end of the conversation, he knew he wanted to continue seeing her and see where it would go. After some time, she was deeply in love with Marcelino. But, there was no end in sight to her case. It was just court date after court date. So, the biggest struggle was not knowing when she would be able to come home and start her life with him.
Dating While In Prison
Brittany Dodd Santiago and her hubby Marcelino Santiago say it wasn’t easy dating while Brittany was in lockup. Of course, there were times where she missed him a lot and couldn’t communicate because of lockdown. In prison, lockdowns happen a lot because people are always fighting and starting problems. Sometimes they would go days without talking.
Of course, it was very stressful, say the Love After Lockup pair. Marcelino says the toughest part for him was wondering if she would be the person she said she wanted to be. Of course, he didn’t want her to resume her old life and end up back behind bars. But, Brittany never worried about him leaving her because he showed her loyalty that he did not owe her.
He was more faithful and dedicated to being there for her than her own family and friends. One day, he just showed up in her life and stayed consistent. She says it was through his actions that she was able to trust him. After about a year of dating, they were finally allowed personal contact. Even then, they could only share one kiss and one hug. Of course, the Love After Lockup duo wanted more.
Love After Lockup Changed Their Lives
Once Brittany Dodd was out of prison they agreed to do Love After Lockup. Clearly, viewers could see how ecstatic they were to be together. But, doing the show was very overwhelming. They were there from the minute she got off the bus. Being on the show has fast-tracked their relationship. Now, they are already married, bought a home together, have three children and two dogs.
Marcelino says Brittany was worth the wait. She is the woman he wants to spend the rest of his life with. The former inmate says the key to making a relationship work is to have acceptance. You need to accept the other person for who they are. Not trying to make them who you want them to be. Now, Brittany is an author. She recently published her first book, One Woman’s Journey: Surviving The Streets.
Clearly, Brittany Dodd Santiago wants to share her story with the world. And, show others it’s possible to change your life for the better. Of course, they’re not without problems. But, they are completely content with each other. Marcelino leaves viewers with one piece of advice – listen to your wife. He says it may be cliché but it’s true – “Happy wife, happy life.” Be sure to keep up with Marcelino Santiago and wife Brittany Dodd Santiago as they continue on their journey together.
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