Lil Wayne’s Daughter Taking His Incarceration ‘Real Hard’
Atonia "Toya" Johnson, the ex-wife of rapper Lil Wayne, is speaking out on her ex's incarceration, revealing that she chose not to attend the sentencing of the rapper before he began his one-year bid at New York's Rikers Island. According to Johnson, Wayne's several sentencing postponements prompted her to sit out his final court appearance on Monday, March 8.
Johnson, shares a 12-year-old daughter, Reginae, with the New Orleans rapper and explained that the whole ordeal was an emotional one. "It was up and down. One minute we thought he was going and she'd be sad and then he don't go," Toya said in an interview. "We [were] in New York like two times and we ended up turning right back around because he didn't go."
"The last day he finally went in, we didn't go," she continued. "My daughter was like, 'I wish I would've went.' It was just too much. I just didn't want to let her see that again cause both times she took it real hard." On his final day of freedom Wayne spoke to Johnson and Reginae over the phone. He told his ex to "be strong" and that his time behind bards was going to "fly by."
In the days leading up to his incarceration, Reginae, who is hoping to also pursue a career in music, took to her Twitter page to show love for her dad. "Daddy I love you so much," she wrote. "You're the best daddy in the world. I'm happy that you're my dad. People could say [whatever] they want but [you] take care of your kids." In total Wayne has four children, including sons with singer Nivea and actress Lauren London.
Wayne, 27, was sentence to one year behind bars but will more than likely serve just eight months of his sentence for criminal weapons possession. As of now the Grammy winner is serving his time in the general prison population but is hoping to get transferred to protective custody for the remainder of his sentence. Johnson and Wayne were high school sweethearts and married back in 2004. They divorced two years later. Johnson currently stars in the BET reality show 'Tiny & Toya,' alongside T.I.'s fiancee Tameka "Tiny" Cottle. The show's second season premieres April 13.