8/12/2010 03:41:00 AMPosted by SouthernGurl
Ginuwine and his beautiful wife Sole cover the September 2010 issue of Sister 2 Sister magazine. In their feature story, the couple, who met in 1999 and married in 2003, touched on several topics including how they met, dealing with groupies, Ginuwine's suicide attempt after the deaths of him mom and dad (and how Sole saved him), Ginuwine's sex symbol status, his short stays in jail (bet yall didn't know about that, huh?!), his four babymamas (that either!) and how he almost ended up with 31 children! The singer/actor also has a new cd titled Elgin coming out in September. Check out the excerpts below:
GINUWINE & SOLE ON HOW THEY MET:SOLE: We met in 1999. Tyrese introduced us. Ginuwine was looking for me.
GINUWINE: Yeah, I had seen her on TV. I said, 'Oh, I'm going to get that.' That's what I said; because she was very attractive. She was just the one I wanted. I was actually doing a video called 'None of Your Friends' Business.' I'd seen her quite a few times because we was doing shows together. I asked her if she would be in the video. And she was like, yeah. So basically that's how it started.GINUWINE & SOLE ON DEALING WITH GROUPIES:GINUWINE: If someone is a little wild, I'm like, 'Hello, this is my wife.' and they get it.GINUWINE ON IF HE CARED ABOUT HIS POPULARITY LEVEL & SEX SYMBOL STATUS WANING AFTER HE MARRIED SOLE: Yeah, absolutely Because it's more like a fantasy (for female fans). But at that time I really didn't care....I cared but she (Sole) is way more important to me than some fans. When it first happened, yeah--for, like the first three years. I felt like it [popularity] might have because I didn't have any hit records. I don't think if I come out with a hit record someone is going to say, 'I'm not going to buy it because he's married.' And then, when I got older, I just felt like, 'Why would I want fans that didn't want me to be happy?' So the people that I want to support me want to see me happy and I want to make them happy with my music. [On being a sex symbol today]: I knew that came with the territory, but I never woke up and was like, 'I'm too sexy for my shirt.' I didn't think that. I knew I wasn't ugly, but I didn't feel like I was that doggone thing. Sole thinks I did. But I promise you I didn't.
SOLE: It really doesn't happen. I think maybe once or twice someone has been over the top and I will say something. I said, 'Don't get slapped!' Because she was being funny. I forgot about that--and that was our most recent one. I don't worry about the young girls.
GINUWINE ON IF HIS FOUR BABYMAMAS ARE JEALOUS OF HIS WIFE & HOW HE COULD HAVE ENDED UP WITH 31 KIDS:GINUWINE: If they are, they never let it be known to me. My babies' mamas--we were together for a little period of time. Not a long period of time. Nor was I married to any of them. Each one of them I spent time with. I was very lucky. When I was on the road before her (Sole), I was doing a lot of craziness. I have the amount of kids that I have, but it could have been a lot more. It could have been 31.
SOLE: It could have been more than that.
GINUWINE ON HIS SUICIDE ATTEMPT AFTER THE DEATHS OF HIS PARENTS (FATHER TO SUICIDE; MOTHER TO UTERINE CANCER): When I was trying to do that, I was going through things because my father shot himself in the head. And the next year my mom had died from cancer. So really, I think anybody that has gone through that understands where you just don't want to be here no more because it hurts too bad. It's not that you're mad, you're hurting. And no one knows that kind of hurt unless you go through it. That's not a hurt like you fall and hurt yourself or break your leg or, like, a breakup. That's your mom and dad. And then the way it happened. It was unbearable pain. Like, my father shot himself in the head. I didn't see it coming. I knew he was going through a little depression, but just like anybody, if you're sad, you don't think they're going to kill themselves. He did that in '99.
I was trying to overdose with Ecstasy at one point. I was drinking. [Sole] actually threw a lot of my drugs away. She actually saved me one time. That was one of the times I was like, 'This is going to be it.' I bought some cognac and I bought a lot of Ecstasy and I was just going to do it. She flushed all my pills down the toilet. She left me a note, but she had left, though. The beginning process of me getting out of that was when I had my daughter Story. When I had her, it was me saying, 'How would she feel if I did the same thing my dad did?' So that was kind of the beginning, but it didn't stop. That was just me recognizing it. And I was just like, naw. But I started taking it day-by-day. Still drinking and still doing everything, but the thoughts started going away. Every once in a while I will take a swig. [Sole] don't like to hear that, but I will. Sometimes because I get nervous onstage, but that's pretty much it. I don't drink no other time.
GINUWINE ON HIS TIME IN JAIL:Well, I've been there a couple of times, but it wasn't for no stint. Couple of days. Overnight...it was like three times [for] jumping off stage and stuff like that. Everybody gets arrested except the White guys that are jumping in the audience. For real, the rock 'n' rollers.