Saturday, 6 February 2016

Ruggedman’s Open Letter to 9ice Over Accusation of Infidelity with Ex-Wife, Toni Payne - 'Bro, You left it a Bit too Late'

2016 is just into its second month and a  lot has gone down in the entertainment industry, most of which were hilariously unfortunate. Here is another, but this time it’s a good one. Michael Stephens, otherwise known by his stage name, ‘Rugged Man’ has written an open letter to his erstwhile friend, Abolore ‘9ice’Adigun, over his belated apology with regards to the accusation leveled against him, six years ago, by ‘Alapomeji Records’ boss, 9ice. 

Rugged Man You will recall that six years ago, the ‘Gongo Aso’ crooner accused Ruggedman of sleeping with his wife ‘Toni Payne’, which eventually led to their separation. Six years after, though all parties involved have moved on, 9ice publicly apologized to Ruggedman and his wife over the unfortunate incident. Ruggedman, in his usual fashion, has responded to 9ice’s apology by writing a lengthy open letter to his now sober friend. Below is a copy of the letter. 

“In 2010, 9ice released a song that made a lot of people wrongfully drag me into a terrible situation. People misconstrued the song and it created a rumor.  A terrible and false rumor that was fueled by journalists and bloggers, who were only after hits on their sites. Bloggers and journalists who did not care to investigate and confirm a rumor, but chose to print and post it anyway not caring who got hurt in the process. 

I remember pleading my innocence and that of Toni Payne but social media people being who and how they are, chose not to listen. I remember calling 9ice on the phone, CIA style, to talk to him about it and he was clearly heard admitting the song was not about myself or Toni Payne, but social media people being who and how they are, chose not to listen. 

I remember asking 9ice to publicly clear the air on the terrible rumor, but was shocked when my friend said he would not because he was busy and didn’t have time for such. Again nobody wondered why. Fast forward 2016. six years later and I was surprised when I heard that 9ice has finally come out to say i never slept with his wife and the song was not about me and even apologized on top. 

That he has finally come out to say the truth about the issue that cast a negative shadow over my head and that of his ex wife for six years. All I can do is smile because I know myself better than anybody out there who insulted me over the matter. I said it then and I say it now, Michael Ugochukwu Stephens will never sleep with his friends’ wives. Families and husbands you can now relax. Your daughters and wives are safe around me hahahahaha!! 

To 9ice, Bro, you left it a bit too late. You had your chance to clear this matter up six years ago when it really mattered but you did not take it. I do not know why and exactly what it was that made you keep quiet all that while. I did my best to clear my name without you and  have moved on since”. 

This is a good development in the right direction, as against what has been trending for a month now in the music industry. Will these estranged friends revert to their usual friendship ? Let us keep our fingers crossed.

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