Posted by Bossip Staff
Poor Tiny. Her boo, TI, is going to the bing and she hasn’t a clue in the world as to what she’ll do to pass the idle time:
T.I.’s longterm girlfriend TAMEKA ‘TINY’ COTTLE has yet to come to terms with the rapper’s looming prison sentence, confessing the news “hasn’t hit” home. The Live Your Life hitmaker, real name Clifford Harris, Jr., is due to report to Georgia authorities by 19 May (09) to begin his 366 day jail term for charges of illegal weapons possession. The punishment stems from his 2007 arrest, when he was caught attempting to buy an arsenal of guns from an undercover FBI officer.
The star was officially sentenced on Friday (27Mar09) – but Cottle, formerly of R&B group Xscape, admits she’s pushed the jail stint to the back of her mind and is simply enjoying the little time she has left with the rapper.
She tells Hip Hop Weekly, “It hasn’t really hit me emotionally yet.”I’m just spending a lot of time with him, as much as possible and getting involved with everything I can to keep me busy while he’s gone.”
Cottle is preparing to open her own nail salon, and is counting on her new career to help her get through the next year without her beau: “I feel like that’s going to keep me busy, as well as the kids.”
The couple has six young children between them and Cottle insists the kids are coping remarkably well with their father’s legal troubles.
She adds, “Some of them understand (T.I.’s going to jail) and some of them don’t, but the ones that do, I haven’t seen a lot of concern to where they’re acting out. I know, of course they’re going to miss him, but I think that how he’s been dealing with them while he’s here and answering all their questions and getting in as much time as they can while he’s working is kind of preparing them.”
Awww, that’s sad but a year flies by. And with that starting lineup plus a reserve on the bench worth of kids, she’s bound to be plenty busy. “You gon’ be aight, gurrl.”
More pics of happier times below.