On Monday(March 8th), rapper Lil Wayne officially started his one-year prison sentence for gun possession charges. The rapper, whose real name is Dwayne Carter Jr., had been scheduled for sentencing twice before. It’s been an emotional ride for Wayne’s ex-wife Antonia Carter and their 11-year-old daughter Reginae, to say the least.
“It was up and down, you know. One minute we thought he was going and she’d be sad and then he don’t go,” Reality star Toya tells Vibe magazine. “We [were] in New York like two times and we ended up turning right back around because he didn’t go.”
In the end, Toya and Reginae weren’t at the courthouse to say goodbye when Wayne was finally sentenced.
“The last day he finally went in, we didn’t go, so my daughter was like, ‘I wish I would’ve went.’ It was just too much. I just didn’t want to let her see that again ’cause both times she took it real hard,” said Toya. “So I was like, I’m not gon’ let her go this last time. I’m just gon’ make sure he talk to her ’cause I didn’t know if he was really gonna go. They kept pushing back.”
So what did the rapper tell Toya and their daughter before he was sent away to prison?
“He just told me to be strong and don’t really trip. Don’t let her see me down,” said Toya. “At first my daughter would see me a little sad and you know kids they react off of your feelings sometimes, so he was just like, ‘Be strong, make sure you take care of her. Make sure she straight and keep her phone on all the times so I can call her. The time is gonna fly by.’
“The whole point of him being in jail is just not good for her—to say her dad’s in jail,” Toya added. “But at this point it is what it is, and we just gotta make the best of it. I’ma take her to visit him and talk to him and she’ll get through this eight months. It’ll fly by. I tell her all the time, ‘Just call daddy and tell him you love him,’ and he’ll be home soon.”