In a recent chat with Saturday Beats, popular rap artiste, Naeto C, explained that one of the reasons he married when he did was to avoid having a baby outside wedlock.
Naeto C said, �I cannot speak for another man but I know sometimes people intentionally want children out of wedlock while other times, it is accidental. Part of the reasons I decided to get married when I did was because I did not want to become a ‘baby daddy.’ I did not want to raise a kid out of wedlock because it is not easy. If I was not married, I would have been more concerned with settling down as opposed to getting a girl pregnant out of wedlock.”
The fair-skinned rap artiste seized the opportunity to refute claims that marriage affected his career negatively. On the contrary, he believes that marriage brought out the best in him.
�There is no way my marriage affected my music career. I got married in 2012 and that same year, I released my hit song, Tony Montana. The song did a lot for my career. I have released songs with heavyweights like Flavour and Phyno. I release songs every year that top charts. The truth of the matter is that I am a Nigerian artiste and not a Lagos artiste. We have fans all over Nigeria and the thing with music is that a particular song can be big in the East but it may not be that big in the West and vice versa. Because of this, if you ask a journalist in the West about a song that is big in the East, he may not know much about the song.
We need to have a holistic view; some songs that are big in Lagos may not be big in Abuja; some songs that are big in Imo may not be the favourite of those in Ibadan. I would like to point out that it was when I got married that I became a Glo ambassador for two years, I am a Hudala ambassador now. I think that when people say that marriage affected my career, what they are really trying to say is that ever since I got married, I have not done another song like Ten over Ten.
The truth of the matter is that, I cannot do a song like Ten over Ten again the same way Tuface cannot do another song like African Queen; Wande Coal cannot do Bumper to Bumper again and MI cannot do Safe again. That is the way music works. I am happy that the song, Ten over Ten, had a huge impact on my career and my fans,” he said.
The singer told Saturday Beats that when he announced his intention to get married, he got a lot of messages from ladies who expressed their disappointment about his decision to get married.
�When I wanted to get married, I lost some fans and at the same time, I gained some fans. Some fans like the fact that I am married and responsible; they like the fact that I am a one-man-one-woman kind of guy. Other female fans don’t like that because they want to keep fantasising about the possibility of becoming my woman one day. I got married because I found a companion, a friend, and someone I want to spend the rest of my life with and raise a family. Marriage made me a better person. The most you can do for your female fans legally is to take pictures with them and keep making hit songs. Anything outside that would be inappropriate.”
Naeto C said that the main reason he married his wife was because he wanted a happy future and he believes he can only get it from his wife, Nicole.
�In life, there are only a few people you feel you can get things like this from. If I did not make that decision when I did, maybe today I would still be a bachelor. It is just the same thing with my Master’s degree; if I did not study for it when I did, I probably would never get it. Life is about making decisions and securing a future of happiness is the main reason I got married to Nicole.”
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