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Tiwa Savage Recounts Her Relationship & Nasty Divorce With TeeBillz In New Interview

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Singer Tiwa Savage was recently opened up on her relationship with Teebillz and how she fell in love with him.Everything about 'Celia' is Nigerian- Superstar Singer Tiwa Savage Reveals  Details of Her forthcoming Album - Africa News PlusIn a tell-all interview with Ebuka in his BlackBox series, Tiwa Savage shared how she and Teebillz’s relationship started and what led up their very publicised divorce. According to her, their arrangement was strictly business at first. She needed an A&R contact to help her break into the Nigerian market and someone recommended Tee Billz.


So one of the guys was like ‘stop going to all these American A&Rs they don’t get it, there’s this guy they call TeeBillz they have this song called Yebariba with Sauce Kid and they killed it. So I sent him my CV he was like they will call you and he never did. Then Timaya had a concert in L. A and I went,” she said.


She sent him a CV but he didn’t respond. She later bumped into him in Los Angeles during a Timaya concert.

“The guy was like that’s the guy TeeBillz and I was like he never called me back. I went up to him and I was like ‘why didn’t you call me back?’ He was like who are you and I said I am Tiwa, I sent you my CV…he called me the next day, said he liked my vocals and advised I moved back to Nigeria and I was like yeah I want to go back to Nigeria.”


The “Koroba” crooner said they were very cool friends before things turned romantic.

“I use to drop him off at the houses of different women. I’ll be like ‘which one is this one again.’ There was a time the press were speculating that we were dating and we weren’t dating. It just happened…when you spend all day with the same person…we just grew,” she said.


He was just someone who had my back and we would discuss everything. It started off with the nice compliments ‘you look nice’ and I’ll be like hmmm. Then I’ll go look at myself in the mirror. I started doing extra to get to impress him to get that compliment every day and I was getting it. Then I was ‘I think he likes me.’

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When Ebuka asked if she ever feared that work and relationship may not mix, she said she thought they could make it work.

‘You know when you are in love you are not seeing any…I was like ours is going to be different. We are going to make it work, we are in love, we are best friends. I didn’t even think about it like mixing the two.”


Their marriage crashed two years after in what was the biggest divorce scandal in Nigeria’s entertainment industry.

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When Ebuka asked if she regretted giving that interview that sealed the fate of the marriage, Tiwa said:

“No! I wouldn’t have done it because I am a very private person. I definitely didn’t want to expose my private issues but I was also getting pressure from other people that were mentioned in there like Sid, my mum, and dad. It was almost like I was coming to clear the air for everyone that was mentioned not just myself. I have no regrets because I know how many people reached out to me after and said they found a voice to speak out about their situation because I was able to,” she said.


“If I had known I wouldn’t have ended it publicly or have it escalate to that level in front of everyone. Because this wasn’t just trending in Nigeria, it was everywhere for months. When I’ll go to events I could hear people whisper, I could see it in their eyes. A lot of people didn’t think I could get through that and still build my brand or still be here as Tiwa Savage. I had to work hard to retain some of my endorsements because I lost some.


Tiwa Savage has since moved on to become one of Africa’s biggest female artists. On her relationship with Teebillz, she says they’re cordial and co-parenting their son Jamil.



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