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Did Lil Wayne make Nivea quit music? She worked as stripper after he left her for Toya Johnson

When Nivea reunited with Lil Wayne around 2008, she became pregnant with his son but soon found out that Lauren London was also pregnant with his baby
UPDATED JUL 15, 2021
Lil Wayne and Nivea have reportedly broken up (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Young Money/Republic Records, Instagram/Nivea)
Lil Wayne and Nivea have reportedly broken up (Photo by Jeff Schear/Getty Images for Young Money/Republic Records, Instagram/Nivea)

In a recent tell-all interview, R&B singer Nivea spilled the beans on her past relationship with rapper Lil Wayne, who had hurt her badly. In a shocking revelation, Nivea accused Wayne of making her quit music and turning her into a housewife — before he dumped her for Toya Johnson. Nivea and Wayne were in a relationship in the early 2000s when the former's career was kicking off with Grammy-nominated hits like 'Don't Mess with My Man', 'Laundromat', and 'Okay'. However, when she started seeing Lil Wayne, the focus of the media shifted almost entirely to her love life.

Considered one of the best rappers of his time, Lil Wayne aka Weezy descended into the music scene at the young age of 12 years. In the late 1990s and early 2000s, he soared to success and fame, dropping one breakout hit after another. It was in 2002 that he started going out with Nivea. He left her for Toya Johnson, who went on to become his wife. Later, Nivea and Wayne got back together. They got engaged and pregnant, but then the rapper broke her heart. Nearly two decades later, Nivea has opened up about her past with Lil Wayne and the son they share together. 


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Nivea spoke with Kandi Burruss on the YouTube show 'On That Note', where she said Wayne first saw Nivea in her 2002 song 'Don't Mess With My Man' and was smitten by her. He reached out to her label offering a proposal for musical collaboration. 

However, when the pair met in New Orleans, he told her that he was not interested in a collab, rather he wanted her phone number. Soon afterward, the two fell in love and there came a point when Wayne convinced Nivea to give up her career in the industry and live with him. "He said come be with me, I got you…we were young and I think at the time he was one of those guys who wanted to be bigger and on top not equal," Nivea spoke candidly. 


Wayne proposed to her but the two called off the engagement in 2003, after which he married Toya Johnson. Before he left her for Toya, Nivea was not pursuing her own musical career, rather became a full-time homemaker for Wayne. 

She said, "I don’t know what to do, I’m just sitting there being a housewife, and then the situation he was like, Reginae was really young, oh I love her so much, and although everybody love me, Toya, everybody, they were like they shouldn’t be together, she’s so young you know so he was like, all of a sudden he was ‘I never stayed in an apartment before so let’s get an apartment…I didn’t realize that he did that to move Toya back in the house.” She was referring to Wayne and Antonia 'Toya' Johnson's daughter Reginae Carter.

As Wayne moved on and started a family with Toya, Nivea struggled to resume her career after returning to Atlanta. At a point, she even worked as a stripper at a club called 'Babe'. Gradually, she started getting back into the music scene and released several more songs. She met The Dream in 2004 and was married to him till 2008. 

However, in 2009, Nivea and Lil Wayne reunited and rekindled their past romance. This time, Nivea got pregnant with their son Neal Carter, who was born in 2009. Shockingly, while pregnant with Wayne's son, Nivea discovered that his ex-girlfriend Lauren London was also pregnant with Wayne's child at the same time. London gave birth to Wayne and her son Kam in 2009. 


Interestingly, Nivea and London connected during their pregnancy and leaned onto each other with a deep friendship at such a time. "She really helped me through my pregnancy. We really leaned on each other, and we both had a history with [Wayne] in our younger years, so it was connecting in many different ways.”

After Nivea's heart-to-heart chat with Kandi, she received whole-hearted support from both Toya Johnson and Lauren London.