Eighteen years ago, Nivea was one of the most popular RnB singers walking the face of the Earth. However, as soon as she rose to prominence, she quickly fell down the pecking order and into a disappearance that made many people start calling her a “1-hit-wonder kind of artist”.
In a recent interview with BET, Nivea opened up about why her career went sideways and also how the absence of her baby daddies – Lil Wayne and The Dream,- in her life has helped her grow.
She recants parts of her young love story with Lil Wayne, who expressed his romantic interest by way of a musical collaboration.
“He lied. We got in the booth, he was like,’ I lied, I just want your number. And we can do the song, but I just want your number.'”
“He proposed, I had a show in Rhode Island. He proposed in an elevator. I got the ring on in ‘Laundromat’ video and nobody noticed.”
Nivea eventually met The Dream and after they tied the knot in 2004, the label found it difficult to promote her as a married woman in the industry.
“I was told in the office, ‘you’re not f*ckable.’ Nobody wanna f*ck you.'”
The singer briefly describes her going back to Wayne and getting pregnant by another man while still dealing with her relationship with The Dream. She hasn’t been public about the messiness at the time out of respect for all of their careers.
Watch the full interview above.