The estranged husband of Nigerian pop star Tiwa Savage was, on Tuesday, forced to delete his lewd message on Instagram after it attracted strong backlash.
Tunji ‘Teebillz’ Ballogun on September 10 said he was sure that musician Wizkid was not sleeping with his former wife, Tiwa Savage. Teebillz says he has a brother’s keeper arrangement with Wizkid.
Teebillz further said should Tiwa feel like getting intimate with another man, then she can go for billionaire Aliko Dangote or award-winning musician Davido – and not Wizkid.
“Whether you like it or not, [Wizkid] Ayo is my little brother. He knows that he shouldn’t cross my path [by dating Tiwa Savage]. I am saying this to the general public that tends to come at me, making some disrespectful comments. Thank you Titi [Tiwa Savage] for respecting me. Social media users’ opinion on her and my little brother, Wizkid, is bullshit. Don Jazzy will never allow Wizkid to sleep with Tiwa. I don’t think Tiwa would put me down like that [by sleeping with Wizkid],” Teebillz posted to his Instgram page last Monday.
“She better sleeps with Aliko Dangote, Adeleke aka Baba Olowo [Davido],” said Teebillz, adding: “Tiwa and Wizkid, continue to give us the fire [hit songs].”
-‘IMMATURITY, INSECURITY, DEPRESSION’-
Online users claimed Teebillz’s post smelled of “insecurity”, “immaturity” and “signs of a man struggling with depression”.
Twitter user, Imoh Umoren, said: “Teebillz is hurting. I hope he gets the help he needs. Emotional trauma can result in people being unpredictable.”
Amanda Uyanah said: “If Teebillz indeed wrote the post I have read, we – all – should be concerned. All I see here is emotional trauma. People should check him up to see if he is okay. I am scared for him. People will be quick to call him childish, but this guy needs help.”
Another Twitter user, whose handle is @JustLit, said: “Tiwa Savage should cut Teebillz out of her life. The embarrassment is too much.”
Upon receiving a barrage of online attacks, Teebillz pulled down the Instagram post the following day – Tuesday, September 11.
In August 2018, Tiwa Savage came out to quash rumours, which suggested she was dating Wizkid.
Speaking in an interview with Nigeria’s Soundcity Radio, the “Key to the City” hit-maker said she and Wizkid were only friends, and that there was no intimate relationship between them.
“We are friends, definitely,” she said.
“I think I have been in this industry for a long time. I have [consequently] grown a thick skin. So, comments like that, genuinely, honestly, don’t bother me that much. I am kind of used to it. Today is [Afro-pop singer] Humblesmith, tomorrow it’s Wizkid; it is just what it is. It is part of the job,” added the musician.
When she was asked about her relationship with Teebillz in the August interview, Tiwa Savage gave that question a wide berth, saying it was a “sensitive” issue, given there was a child – their son – involved, and so she did not want to talk about it.
Tiwa Savage and Teebillz went separate ways in April 2016 after a turbulent three-year marriage.
The award-musician accused her husband, Teebillz, of taking her for granted.
Until Tiwa’s April 2016 revelations, Teebillz had accused the musician of being unfaithful, claiming she slept with Don Jazzy, 2 Face Idibia (who is now known as 2Baba), Dr. Sid, among other celebrities. Tiwa denied those allegations.
Tiwa Savage, thereafter, declared her marital status as single.
She was, a few months later, spotted hanging out with Wizkid in several events.
The two musicians went ahead to collaborate in their jams called “Malo” and “Bad”.
-‘STAY SEXY FOR DADDY’-
During Wizkid’s London performance in May 2018, he called Tiwa Savage to the stage and asked her to co-perform with him their smash hit “Malo”.
While introducing her to the revelers, Wizkid referred to Tiwa Savage as “someone special”.
Wizkid went ahead to ask the “All Over” musician, who was sporting booty shorts at the time, to continue “staying sexy for daddy”.
His remark fanned dating rumours among their fans.
Musician Davido, in May 2018, fuelled the Tiwa-Wizkid affair rumours, when he suggested to Wizkid that Tiwa Savage was the right sister [lover] for him.
Wizkid had posted a tweet, saying he was looking for a sister [lover] in reference to Davido’s “Assurance” song.
Wizkid wrote: “I’m looking for a sister,” part of the lyrics to Davido’s “Assurance” song dedicated to his lover, Chioma Avril.
Davido responded to Wizkid’s tweet, saying: “Tiwa our sister ooo [adds laughing emoji] Star Boy.”