Ginuwine: “I Was So Close to Ending My Life”

- By Bossip Staff

Ginuwine’s making his way back onto the music scene with a new single and an album on the way. He’s been through a lot, the death of friend Aaliyah, eight children, four babies mamas and a career on the decline. Pop the lid for more insight into Ginuwine’s comeback

ESSENCE.COM: Welcome back, G! Your new album, “A Man’s Thoughts,” is a 14-track labor of love. Was it difficult getting back in the swing of things after being away so long?

GINUWINE: (Laughs.) Well, I wrote 45 songs in all. I believe you can listen to my album from beginning to end. Of course, some might love certain songs better than others, but overall I’m proud of it. Plus, I have everyone from Timbaland to Missy to Bun B and Brandy on it.

ESSENCE.COM: Your album is typically you with an all-star lineup, but folks are accusing you of swagger-jacking Justin Timberlake because of the Timbaland-produced anthem “Get Involved.” How do you feel about that?

GINUWINE: (Laughs.) Are you serious? If that’s copying Justin Timberlake I want to know whether people say the same thing about him when he hooked up to work with Tim, whom I’ve worked with for years? People are real funny.

ESSENCE.COM: On a more serious note, you lost both your parents in 1999 and 2000. How have you been coping?

GINUWINE: After my father shot himself to death and my mother died from cancer less than a year later, I really didn’t want to be here anymore, I didn’t want to live and tried to commit suicide more than once. There was no one around that I really loved at the time, so I turned to the drinking and drugs like weed and ecstasy. I was done mentally and emotionally to the point that I had to go see a psychiatrist, but that didn’t do any good because I wasn’t interested. In fact, the two times I visited him I was high. I was depressed and felt like I had nobody to talk to that could relate to me.

ESSENCE.COM: Wow. What was the turning point for you?

GINUWINE: I had one friend who intervened and begged me to get help. Even though I didn’t continue with my therapy, I went to church and received counseling from my pastor and got straight spiritually. I was able to turn away from all those things that were destroying me and finally think clearly. I had to ask myself whether or not I wanted to go out like my dad and have my kids hurt the way I was hurting. I’ve been clean for about seven years. Now, I keep all that stuff away from me, especially when I’m on the road.

ESSENCE.COM: Despite your adversity you’ve remained positive and are working with the mentally disabled.

GINUWINE: My wife and I own mentally disabled homes in Kansas City where the mentally disabled board through a program called SPRUCE (Special People Requiring Unique Care Equally). Many people don’t realize that once they turn18 they are often thrown out the house and are homeless. At the home, they are able to learn the basic fundamentals of life, like finding a job, how to take care of themselves, clean their rooms, and other things. My heart always likes to give, and if I’m going to help somebody it might as well be someone who can’t help themselves.

Even though he’s heavy into the music scene, sounds like he’s one of the few artists with a heart. We can’t hate on that.


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  • gillian


  • Its a fact

    Clearly noone cares…sorry Ginuwine, you would have died and noone would have noticed…now on to the Rihanna post.

  • Proud ArmyWifee

    My mother use to love his dancing, but he fell off so now she’s into the younger dudes dancing style.


  • Angee

    Glad to see he was able to get his self together. Losing both parents like that had to be very hard!

    *Many people don’t realize that once they turn 18 they are often thrown out the house and are homeless.*

    So true and so sad!!

  • Proud ArmyWifee

    LOL, @ N*gga Said

    Nah she good on that, you silly for that one lol


  • LadyAngel

    Im surprised to see him working with Timbo again when Timbo, quickly gave Ginuwines sound to Justin Timberfake for a dollar and a dream, half of Justins album sounded like it could have been Ginuwine’s.

  • muthaknows

    he is great had a interview with him last night.
    much success to him.



  • myopinion

    Sorry, but noone is checking for pretty boy Ginuwine anymore. He is so played out.

  • KobeBryantsWifesTeeth

    WOW I gained some respect from that interview….

    you never know what goes on in folks lives…

    smh…..Im glad he has been able to overcome…wishing him the best of success 🙂 ! I might burn the album

  • $moK.E.Y.

    damn! i never knew!

    much peace and blessings to him

  • missunderstood

    wow, I had no idea he had that many kids!!
    On the other hand, glad to see him coming out of his struggle w/ depression. It’s a real disease and can take over your life.
    I like his new song, and hope he can make a comeback…


    i never knew this either…..May god continue to bless him and his family:)

  • Souljagir

    I like his new song it’s very true. Some people make ignorant comments, I am gald he recovered! thank God he take care of his children because that would of been all in the damn news. People always have something negative to say….this man is alright with me!

  • 303

    funny how when these artist is comming out with a single or an album they come up with all this symphaty shit….now he telling his whole life story to get album sales *intresting how this industry works*

  • Jazmine

    I like Ginuwine but truth be told…opening up homes for the disabled is really a good lick. I wonder if that’s the REAL reason he did it. Getting money from the government means you’ll ALWAYS have a paycheck coming in. I mean I’m just saying…

  • msezoneyes

    A couple of those kids came after he married his wife, he only has 2 girls by his wife.. but he is counting her older children before him so I guess he gets some brownie points

  • fckeduppatrol

    God bless him! He’s what the game’s been missing!

  • lani3000

    good interview from the lil part that was posted. never knew abouot his parents, must have been rough. good dude though

  • Somer

    8 kids tell me that he is very irresponsible & not too bright.

  • missunderstood

    @Jazmine – of course he probably did it for the financial gain as well. Shoot, I’m about to rent my house out on section 8! They aren’t selling (or not for the value) right now, so we’ll let the government pay our mortgage for a while so we can downsize until the market stabilizes enough to sell. Government money is one of the “for sure” hustles now days… they just print more money when they don’t have any….Nothing wrong w/ making a sound investment while helping out the disadvantaged, ya know?

  • in nc somewhere


  • in nc somewhere

    sounds like an average brother from the hood,lol

  • notsomuch

    8 kids, 4 baby mamas, I guess there was room for him in those jeans.

  • ohsolovely


    cosign 100%. I listen to some of JT’s music and say to myself d@mn Ginuwine could pull that off.

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