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Rapper T.I. to focus on kids after splitting with pregnant girlfriend

03/19/2007 at 07:50 PM ET

While discussing his upcoming summer album, Rapper T.I. announced that he and his longtime girlfriend, Tameka "Tiny" Cottle, who is currently pregnant with couple’s second child together, have mutually decided to end their engagement and remain friends.  T.I. says the two will instead focus on their individual goals and their children.

"She’s still a part of my life. I love her to death. Her children is still my children, my children are still her children. We want each other to be happy. It’s nothing she did and it’s nothing I did."

The couple’s baby girl is due at the end of June/early July and will make T.I. a father for the sixth time.Source: MTV News

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Mary on

Wow that was pretty sudden, considering the fact that she’s expecting their child any month now. Well best wishes to the both of them.

winecat on

OK, I’ll admit I’m a whooping 54 but I don’t get it. Is it part of the rapper life style to have a couple of kids (close together) with one woman, then move on to the next and do the same thing sometimes while the first woman is still pregnant?

How about a little personal responsibility here folks.

tan on

I really am starting to think that they do this on purpose.He did that last year and once the album came out they were everywhere together.They break up so much its unreal.

Erin on

It’s not just “the rap lifestyle”. People do this more often than you think. My issue is with the grammar in the statement.

m-dot on

This is no surprise. This baby will actually be TI’s 5th or 6th child. This will be their 2nd child together, plus she has an older daughter from a previous relationship. So if he didn’t stay with the other kids’ mothers, then she shouldn’t have expected much difference. Plus T.I. is very young, and Tiny is well into her 30s. he’s got a lot of growing up to do. The older women should really think about the young boys they are dating.

Callen on

I find nothing wrong with his grammer! It’s the way he feels. I just think they could have stayed together until the baby was born. On and off relationships can be dangerous.

J-LIn on

It has nothing to do with the “rap lifestyle” winehouse. It has to do with the culture out there today. Heidi Klum did it, Christie Brinkley did it, and Shana Moakler. As a redident of Atlanta and knowing how much TI does in the community, trust he won’t need your help in taking care of his nor will his kids need your pity. I wish one of parents lived the “rap lifestyle” right now.

winecat on

First, J-Lin personal attacks are not really the point here.

Second, you’re right upon reflection it’s not just a rapper lifestyle it just seems more prevelent. I can’t speak to what TI does to support the community. I’m more concerned about the example that is being set for young men and women these days. How does churning out 6 kids who probably won’t live with their father full time serve the community?

Tara on

I’m soo happy that TI and Tameka decided to just be friends because now me and TI have a chance together and trust me it well happen so all you other out there who like TI (my sey man) can just forget it because he on’t want yall he want my sexy butt.

Nisha, CBB Senior Contributor on

Technically this will be T.I.’s fifth biological child, he has three from previous relationships, one with Tiny, and one on the way, but he is including Tiny’s daughter Zonnique in the equation!!

J-LIn on

There are tons of kids who don’t live with their kids fulltime who turn out just fine. As long as he spends time with his kids and they can count on his presence, he is not a bad person. Millions of kids in this country live without their fathers everyday.

Mary on

And that’s the problem right there. Too many kids without their fathers. Some turn out very well even in the absence of their father, but unfortunately far too many (mainly males) become sadly misguided on what it means to be a real man and take care of your responsibilities. No man in the household for them to look up to and show them right from wrong. Perhaps maybe their only thought is that of an absentee father. I know this isnt the case for all, but I’ve run across more men than I would have liked to who have a totally backwards mentality when it comes to how to treat the opposite sex. And I definitely believe it has to do with whether or not a father was present in the home. Now I’ve turned this into a semi male-bashing post, which wasnt my intention. But you catch my drift ;-)

Sarah on

Oh honestly, T.I. loves his kids, and it’s extremely sad that he lost one of them, you guys are being conservative and closeminded.
To each his own, my father DID live with me, and he had 9 kids with my mother and they’ve been married 30+ years, and it’s a AWFUL relationship and none of my dad’s kids can stand to be around him because he’s not a very nice guy at all, more than once most of us have wished dearly that our dad wouldn’t have lived with us, just because your parents are married and your daddy’s always home doesn’t make a happy home, okay? that’s the ‘happy family’ fantasy and it doesn’t work out.

sandra on

ohhhhhhhhh thats o right. at least there are both happy!!!!!!!!!

C on

I heard reports aabout them losing the baby. Is that true??

Yes. http://www.celebrity-babies.com/2007/03/rapper_ti_and_t.html

Kim on

Ok I am confused….. How many biological kids does TI actually have? How many are with Tiny and who is the mother of the others?

stayreal on

Hi I just wanted to say I just love TI and my prayers will be with him and his girlfriend. This just gose to show that who is really your friend I dont care what TI has done in the pass and I kno that you cant help everybody but to have you bodyguards set you up. I just want to say to TI keep your head up GOD is still in control. Sometimes we do dumb things but it dont make us a dumb person it just means that we were not thinking at hat time all these are test and if you dont learn from them you will endeed keep on repeating them. No matter whose children is whose he stated that they will always be his. I how he comes out of this mess jusdt cleaning up all the rif raff around him and just keep your focus. I’m a great fan in St. Louis MO. and want to know how to write him to support him in what hes going through. And remember God wont put no more on you than you can bare I know it seen like a lot but you say no wepons formed against me shall prospher just call on God right now hes here for you. GOD BLESS YOU STLII A FAN 4-LIFE
signed (stayreal)

stayreal on

Hi I just wanted to say I just love TI and my prayers will be with him and his girlfriend. This just gose to show that who is really your friend I dont care what TI has done in the pass and I kno that you cant help everybody but to have you bodyguards set you up. I just want to say to TI keep your head up GOD is still in control. Sometimes we do dumb things but it dont make us a dumb person it just means that we were not thinking at hat time all these are test and if you dont learn from them you will endeed keep on repeating them. No matter whose children is whose he stated that they will always be his. I how he comes out of this mess jusdt cleaning up all the rif raff around him and just keep your focus. I’m a great fan in St. Louis MO. and want to know how to write him to support him in what hes going through. And remember God wont put no more on you than you can bare I know it seen like a lot but you say no wepons formed against me shall prospher just call on God right now hes here for you. GOD BLESS YOU STLII A FAN 4-LIFE
signed (stayreal)

teresa on

TI is doing his thing and Tiny is doing hers. They probably get tired of each other time to time. When you are famous, there is a lot you have to take in if you are that so called main squeeze.

tasha on

i think thats the best thing for you to do is to get seperated from her..

sabrina on

he got too many kids he need to keep his worm
in his pants.

leslie on

hey well i am jealous instead of it being me having the baby itz her but oh well g00d luck in your future but one more thing your still ma MAN 4 3V3R…..>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

leslie on

hey well i am jealous instead of it being me having the baby itz her but oh well g00d luck in your future but one more thing your still ma MAN 4 3V3R…..>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

abby on

It’s true TI will do anything 4 his kids, they are his life. He might have done wrong but he is still young and he has a long life infront of him. You all TI my have had kids wit 3 different women but he knows how to take of them. you cant only watch TI to. Many people do the same nobody is telling the young women and men in this society to be like TI. Not because you are his #1 fan it does not mean you have to follow in his foot steps. THINK PEOPLE… I love TI to death but you dont see me havin sex with different men STUPES!!!!!!!!

jessica on

Yes they lost the baby unfortunatly. @—>—>—

elizabeth on

well i think his point is that she just wants what’s best for both of them and maybe he think it’s a good way to focus more on their children but still im thinking if he really loves her to DEATH why would he end the engagement and remain friends..???

Arianna on

I don’t know how or why a couple would break up mid pregnancy. I know it sounds stupid but can’t you wait until after… for emotional support/help during the pregnancy? Most guys would never leave a pregnant woman like this! I mean I can understand when things get bad you want to get out but… how could things change so dramatically in a matter of months? I’m sure that many people will say I’m just naive but leaving a pregnant woman who needs care and attention.. is horrible. He should be overjoyed!

RICKKELLE on

HEY TI I THINK U ARE THE BEST RAPPER DORRY BOUT UR BABY IN UR SONG I HEARD BOUT IT I AM SO SORRY EVERYTIME I LISTEN TO THAT SONG I CRY U REMIND ME OF MY UNCLE LOCC THAT DIED BUT HE IS DEAD NOW SO HE WONT BE SAYIN HE AINT DEAD U ARE SO CUTE I LOVE U U CAN CALL ME AT
6175337809 LOVE U BABY

jossy on

dam thats crazy but no problem he has me:) (i wished lol) but even though hes fine thats still fucked up….even for him

ashanti on

i think that we should all back off bcuz we dont no what type of personal issues prevail in this relationship and i believe that they are going about this very diplomatically for the kids

moniquestory on

my mom has two kids named morganmirandapatterson and chuckie.

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