Guest Star: "After This Show Premieres, People Will Look At Me Differently"

Tuesday, Apr 12, 2011 3:55PM

Written by SOHH for Toya Carter

[As the premiere of "Toya: Family Affair" airs tonight, Toya Carter opens up about her decision to allow the cameras to roll deeper into her personal life.]

Looking back at the last show, I've seen myself grow from "Tiny & Toya." I look back and realize that was my first time [in the spotlight], so I was able to see how I was able to grow. I feel like I've really grown a whole lot and this show is going to show you a whole different Toya than what you saw on [the previous reality series].

I hope people watching "Toya: Family Affair" can take from [my family's] situation. In my situation, we're sharing a whole lot of severities in this show and there's a lot of people out there that are going through the same if not similar situation as me and my family.

I really hope that people can see what we are going through and what we are experiencing and being able to take all of the negative things and turn them into a positive. There wasn't any hesitation on behalf of my family about doing the show. We had a talk before deciding to [proceed], and everybody was really cool with it.

I think after this show premieres, people will look at me differently, especially after reading [my soon-to-be-released Priceless Inspirations] book and [watching the series] this time. This is going to get a whole lot deeper into my life. I've had people hit me on Twitter saying they realize I've been through a lot, so I'm already starting to [give a different impression].

Antonia "Toya" Johnson Carter is the childhood sweetheart and former wife of rap star Lil Wayne. After the marriage ended and in an effort to change her surroundings, Toya moved her family to Atlanta. Despite her tumultuous upbringing and failed marriage, her survival of both confirmed her zeal for independence. In addition to sharing a daughter with Lil Wayne, Toya has ventured into the entertainment industry with her own book and television shows.

"Toya: A Family Affair" is scheduled to premiere tonight at 9:30 PM EST on BET.

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