9ice, Ruggedman shouldn’t have fought over me –Toni Payne
Toni Payne, estranged wife of Nigerian artiste, 9ice spoke to 'Nonye Ben-Nwankwo about the many controversies surrounding her life
How did you feel when you heard that another lady now has kids for 9ice?
No comment. I am not going to say anything concerning that. I don't even know about it. I read about it in the papers. But then, I have read so many things about me that weren't true in the papers. However, true or not, I will not talk about it.
It is more than two years since you separated. Are you now officially divorced?
I'll not say anything about that. I'm sure 9ice will not tell you either.
We learnt you went back to beg him to take you back?
Me? Never. I did not. I know where the story came out from. Somebody close to him was feeding the press with the story. For some reasons known to him, he never liked me. He was the one that was always talking about me and coming up with such stories.
I guess you mean his former manager, Deinde?
Yes. And since he left him, no story has been said about me. I didn't go to beg 9ice to take me back. Why would I do that?
Did you actually sleep with Ruggedman?
Of course I did not. I can categorically tell you I did not. Ruggedman has been my friend. But even before then, we didn't see. And even after the whole incident, we have hardly seen. The last time I saw Rugged was during Occupy Nigeria. I have not seen him again since then.
Would you want Ruggedman and 9ice to be friends again?
They are adults so they should make their own decisions. But then again, I want peace between them. The fight was not warranted. There shouldn't have been any fight in the first place. The song that caused the problem wasn't about me. I was there when the song was recorded. I can still remember what I cooked that day. I cooked jollof rice and I diced the meat I used in cooking the rice. The lady referred to in the song was not me. All the attributes didn't have anything to do with me. I don't have tattoos. The last time I checked, I wasn't bisexual as the lady referred to in the song. It was just a song but people just chose to believe whatever would suit them.
Why did you marry 9ice? So many people were of the view you were taken by his fame…
When I met him, he wasn't that popular. I met him before the stardom. He was somebody whose personality I liked. It didn't have anything to do with his being a celebrity. I saw a person I liked. I didn't look at his status. I would say he was the first guy I was ever really in love with.