Ruggedman is yet to get hitched and the rapper wants you to know it isn’t his fault.
In a new interview with Punch, the rapper whose real name is Michael Ugochukwu Stephens tells why he is still single, his career plans, and more.
Recall that the 41-year-old ‘Ehen‘ rapper was previously embroiled in a long messy feud with 9ice over rumours that he had an affair with the crooner’s wife Toni Payne. 9ice had instigated the cheating accusation in his song, Once Bitten Twice Shy. Years later, the rapper set the records straight, but Ruggedman called him out, saying he could have cleared things long before then.
Now, Ruggedman says women don’t trust him because of his celebrity status.
See the excerpts of his chat with Punch.
“I am not scared of marriage. I am just tired of meeting women who can’t trust me or women who find it hard to believe that I genuinely like them all because I am an entertainer. It is a pity because entertainment is my job. I know some entertainers are a bit reckless but you can’t assume that all entertainers are the same. When I date, I do my best to put my woman’s mind at rest and let her know she is the one. But it ends the same way. They can’t handle dating an entertainer and they would rather just end the relationship.”
Asked to clarify rumours that he would be getting married in 2018:
“Nothing like that my brother.”
On claims that he features younger artistes to stay relevant in the industry:
“Such a person who says I feature rave of the moment artistes to stay afloat in the music industry, knows nothing about entertainment and especially about Ruggedman. From my first album, I have worked with both known and unknown artistes, young and old. I work with people if I see they have talent and I believe my working with them will add value to their career.”
And then, he threw in the line about Tekno to make a point:
“Tekno is yet to release an album, is his music suffering? I slowed down on music to kick off my Twentieth September Wears clothing line because when I put it in the hands of people, they messed a lot up and over charge me on a lot of stuff.”
What do you think?