As T.I. continues to serve his 11-month jail sentence for probation violation, the incarcerated rapper’s wife Tiny has spoken on their relationship & how they met over a decade ago.
According to Tiny, she was introduced to T.I. shortly after her departure from R&B group Xscape during the late 1990’s.
“T.I. always says I gave him such a hard time when we first met and I did…I stood him up a couple times. When I met him, I was kinda on hiatus, I’d broken from Xscape, but I had co-wrote the song ‘No Scrubs’ for TLC, so you know, I was living good and doing my thing. I met him in the mall, well, I had met him before in the studio. I was working with Jazzy Pha one time and he came in and I also had heard from a guy, KP, who signed him. He played some of his music for me one time and I was like, ‘he’s a hot artist, I like him’. Then I saw him in the mall and we conversed a little bit, and I had my daughter with me and somehow we exchanged numbers — He was calling me and calling me, wanting to come hook up and I’d be like, ‘Yeah, we gon…let’s hook up, such and such’ and then I wouldn’t answer the phone and he’d be like, ‘You know time after time.'” (VIBE)
Tiny said she did not show full interest in T.I. until seeing his star power come to life during an Atlanta concert.
“So finally I let him come by, but I still wasn’t sure because I felt like ‘Oh, he’s a baby’ and I treated it like that and he kinda felt like, ‘You trying to play me like I’m a little boy.’ And one night, and it’s probably the best thing he could’ve did, he invited me to one of his shows and it was at The Bounce on Bankhead, and I went to the show. First of all, it was jam-packed outside, it was crazy and I’m like, ‘All these people here for this guy?’ We went in there and he tore the house down. And I was like, ‘OK, I think I like him.’ [Laughs] He’s got something there.” (VIBE)
After years of dating, the couple officially wed last summer.
TMZ has learned rapper T.I. got married earlier today (July 30) — in a secret ceremony at a Miami Beach courthouse. The 29-year-old superstar — real name Clifford Harris Jr. — swapped I Do’s with his longtime 35-year-old girlfriend Tameka “Tiny” Cottle. The two have reportedly been dating since 2001. (TMZ)
Together for over a decade, both artists share children together.
T.I., 29, is a rapper and songwriter while Tiny, 35, is a former Xscape member. The couple have two sons together, Clifford ‘King’ Joseph III and Major Philant. T.I. has two other sons, Domani Uriah and Messiah Ya’Majesty, from an ex-girlfriend and a daughter, Deyjah Imani, from yet another relationship. Tiny also has one daughter, Zonnique Pullins, from another relationship. (The Celebrity Cafe)
Check out T.I. speaking on Tiny down below: