After reading the Lil Wayne cover story in VIBE's November 2007 issue, Antonia "Toya" Carter, Lil Wayne's first wife, wanted to give her side of the story. In the first part of this exclusive Q&A, she speaks about their history. She also loaned us a whole gang of photos - which seem to show they did have love, if only for a time - which we'll be publishing here on vibe.com over the next few days. Maybe even this afternoon... if we feel like it. Keep checking back for everything you never knew about Lil Wayne... and the craziest photos you've never seen.
VIBE: How did you first meet Lil Wayne?
Antonia "Toya" Carter: I met Dwayne in middle school. He used to come perform and do stuff there. My seventh grade year, we started messing around then - up until high school. I got pregnant with my daughter during high school. We were boyfriend/girlfriend, in love.
How old were you then?
We had a baby at fourteen... we were in love. It wasn't nothing about 'His mom was lonely.' I never heard that before. His Dad had passed away, and his mom was by herself, but it had nothing to do with the reason my daughter came about. It was just something that happened.
So he never asked you to have a baby?
No, he never really asked me to have a baby. He mentioned it before that he wanted a baby someday, but we didn't know it was going to be that soon. It just happened during the time we were dating.
Was it a surprise when you found out you were pregnant?
Yeah, it was a complete surprise. My family wanted me to have an abortion because we were only fourteen and fifteen. I wasn't with that because me and my aunt – who I lived with at the time - they didn't really believe in that. His mother [said] she'd help me with the baby. It was a surprise to his mother too. His mother never told him, like he said in the interview, to go out and find someone. She was like, y'all young, you know, but I'll help you out with the baby and stuff like that. It was a complete surprise to everyone.
Why do you think he'd say something like that?
I really don't know. Like people, people these days say anything to sell. But you have to realize you can't say anything to sell music anymore. It don't just affect me or him. It affects our child, too, because she reads these things and hears these things. That's my only reason to want to speak out about it.
How old is your daughter?
She's 8 years old. She's extremely bright and talented, just like her Daddy. She's perceptive and attentive. She's a very smart little girl. And I only can protect her from so much.
Me and [Dwayne] were crazy in love. We were inseparable. I would say one of his best friends at the time, up until now. I'm still a good friend of Dwayne. We have a good relationship. I really don't know what's his problem for saying these negative things.
How is your relationship now?
We really don't see much of each other. And when we do, it's really like sometimes he gets on his kick about family, he wants to be with us, you know 'f' these b's. You know how men talk. And he wanna do whatever, but he's just a man doing this and the other.
We really don't have a real relationship where we're together or where we be around each other or I see him a lot. But we talk here and there. We always call and talk to each other once in awhile, maybe say a few things or whatever, "I love you." Or like when he need someone to talk to, I'm always there for him and when I need someone to talk to, he's there.
How about his relationship with his daughter?
Wayne, he takes good care of his daughter. He's become a better father over the years. He's a great provider, you know. He talks to his daughter more than he ever did, now. He started this new thing where he has to call her every night before she goes to bed. And that's something I love. They have a great relationship.
How about financially?
Wayne is a great provider. He really is. He is a great provider. He gives his daughter everything.