T.I and his wife, Tameka Cottle, have reportedly separated, and that’s just months after the couple welcomed their newest addition to the family.
Tameka, who gave birth to the rapper’s third child, Heiress, earlier this year, has allegedly packed her belongings out from the Atlanta home she shared with the music mogul and left, leaving fans puzzled as to why the mother of four would abruptly walk out on her husband.
Cottle seemed to hint at a possible breakup on her official Instagram account, according to Bossip, where she went on to post a photo, saying the following:
“A man’s success is measured by what his wife and children say about him. Money and accomplishments means nothing if you let your home fail.”
— theJasmineBRAND.com (@thejasminebrand) July 18, 2016
The quote itself seems to insinuate that T.I’s relationship with his wife and children hasn’t been great as of late, as Tameka gives the impression that the rapper has favored his money over quality time with his family. But according to The Jasmine Brand, there’s more to the story.
“They’ve separated again. It’s sad because they just had a daughter, but Tameka has had enough of their relationship. She’s even moved out,” a source tells the outlet, adding that Tiny has not addressed the matter publicly just yet.
Tameka Cottle has rented a place of her own that is relatively nearby to the family home, but according to the insider, the former Xscape member needed her own space following endless arguments with her husband over certain conflicts.
— BlackSportsOnline (@BSO) July 18, 2016
The couple have decided not to air their dirty laundry out on social media for the simple fact that they still have a multi-million dollar contract to oblige with VH1. Tameka Cottle and the family are currently starring in their own reality show, Family Hustle, which heavily focuses on positivity and unity.
If producers were to find out that the duo was having marital problems and could potentially be divorcing, Tameka seems to think that the reality show will be taken off the air and their deal with the network won’t be renewed.
“Only Tiny and T.I.’s close circle knows what’s going on. Their new season [of T.I. and Tiny: The Family Hustle] is about to air too — they want to keep up the perception that they’re still together.”
This wouldn’t be the first time that Tameka and T.I have separated. Two years ago, the 90s R&B singer was said to have walked out on her husband after allegedly finding out that the 35-year-old had been cheating on her with multiple partners.
— TVSeriesFinale.com (@tvseriesfinale) July 18, 2016
When Cottle would go on to support her pal Floyd Mayweather at a boxing match, T.I was left enraged, convinced that the twosome were secretly hooking up, causing a massive rift between the trio for several months before Tiny would eventually reconcile with her man.
The source concluded by saying, “We’ve received conflicting speculation as to why they’ve decided to separate. No one has filed for divorce yet and our source thinks that they may be able to iron things out and reconcile. We’re told this was totally Tiny’s decision.”
Whether Tameka Cottle will end up pulling through with a potential divorce has yet to be seen.
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