T.I is more than a rap artist, he’s a huge name in the entertainment industry. He’s had success with albums, tours, and film projects as well as novels that told of his own success and how through struggle comes success. He’s an artist that invites you into his story through his talent and passion – he’s real with his fans so that they can be real with themselves.
Fans have been following his life through a series, T.I & Tiny: The Family Hustle, since December of 2011. The first season of the show saw T.I after he served a 12-month prison sentence, and what it meant to get back to life at home as normal as he could, and also how that impacted his family. The series immediately caught momentum and became one of the biggest reality shows on VH1.
The show has also seen T.I as he promotes albums and goes on tour, on top of being a family man. It’s also seen Tiny as she strives to attain her G.E.D, manages a girl group, and holds things down at home. While their lives have always held ups and downs, in recent months, T.I and Tiny have gone through a publicized breakup and some of the episodes on the series have also focused on that.
Tiny talked to Wendy Williams about the breakup and had this to say about the split and, if it wasn’t already obvious in the series, she did give both of them credit for trying.
“We just cannot keep it together. I guess, entertainment, life, everything…it’s just a lot. They call him a sex symbol, I guess. [T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle] did put a little strain on it. Because it keeps people in your business.”
Having your lives out in the public is hard enough as is, but when inviting cameras in, you’re never quite sure what to expect. For the pair, as Tiny said, strain was placed on their relationship. You also wonder what it does to the kids, but neither T.I or Tiny ever seemed willing to subject them to anything they weren’t comfortable with.
Now, after 6 seasons, the series is drawing to a close, perhaps for that very reason. As T.I explained in an interview with Entertainment Weekly, they just want to do their own thing.
“The family, Zonnique, Domani, even Major, they’re kind of entering a new phase of life where they want to do their own thing. They don’t want their time imposed upon. All of us, we just want to get our business back a little bit.”
While the series is drawing to an end, T.I’s career is reaching new heights as he also talked about a new tour and how he plans to produce and develop films. His first project will come out of Atlanta alongside Mike Epps and will focus on the true culture of ATL from the perspective of those who live it.