9ice, Toni Payne, Journalists, Friends and Fans – Ruggedman Writes

Nigerian rapper, Rugged man has publicly acknowledged 9ice‘s apology to him after he was wrongly accused of being responsible for the failure of the Indigenous singer’s marriage to Toni Payne.

The rapper on Thursday, released an open letter to the media, where
he accepted 9ice’s apology, while noting that it was a tad too late.

Read his open letter below:

In 2010 9ice released a song that made a lot of people wrongfully drag
me into a terrible situation. People who miscontrued the song and it
created a rumour.
A terrible false rumour that was fueled by journalists and bloggers who
were only after hits on their sites. Bloggers and journalists who did
not care to investigate and confirm a rumour, but chose to print and
post it anyways not caring who got hurt in the process.

I remember pleading my innocence and that of Toni Payne’s but social
media people being who and how they are, chose not to listen.

I remember calling 9ice on the phone CIA style to talk to him about it
and he was clearly heard admitting the song was not about myself or Toni
Payne, but social media people being who and how they are, chose not to

I remember asking 9ice to publicly clear the air on the terrible rumour,
but was shocked when my friend said he would not because he was busy
and didn’t have time for such. Again nobody wondered why.

Fast forward 2016. Six years later and I was surprised when i heard that
9ice has finally come out to say i never slept with his wife and the
song was not about me and even apologised on top. That he has finally
come out to say the truth about the issue that cast a negative shadow
over my head and that of his ex wife for six years.

All i can do is smile because I know me better than anybody out there
who insulted me over the matter. I said it then and i say it now,Michael
Ugochukwu Stephens will never sleep with his friends wife.

Families and husbands you can now relax. Your daughters and wives are safe around me hahahahaha!!

To 9ice, bro you left it a bit too late. You had your chance to clear
this matter up 6 years ago when it really mattered but you did not take
it. I do not know why and exactly what it was that made you keep quiet
all that while. I did my best to clear my name without you and moved
have moved on since. Anyways I accept your apology and thank God we are
all alive.

To bloggers and journalists: You will be who and how you are, but the
best and most successful ones amongst you will be the ones who actually
get professional about with their work and try to investigate stories
before putting it out there. I really hope you all realise its not all
about the hits.

Do not lose your humanity all because you want to be the first to break
news. On a lighter note, if you want to break news, kindly break the
news that my new song ft Olamide titled Seyi Shay will drop on cloud
9music and mtn plus on 5th February 2016.

I wish you all the best and I appreciate everybody who has been there
for me. God bless us all, and I had learnt how to live my life.**

– It’s not easy living in the mix for 6 years; I really feel for Toni
Payne and Ruggedman. But that’s the price you pay when you allow things
to be “grey” rather than make them black and white. #peace

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