V Exclusive: Tiny Speaks About Being T.I.’s Ride-Or-Die Chick

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Tray Hova / January 6, 2011

Say what you want about her aesthetic appeal, but there’s no denying Tameka “Tiny” Cottle  is T.I.‘s one and only. It’s hard not to smile at the semi-embarrassing news about the 36-year-old wife allegedly getting caught giving her incerated husband a hand job during visiting hours. That’s ride-or-die chick. 

“I’m down for him. You have to know this person would do the same for you. Being down [for T.I.] is the easiest thing to do. He makes it so easy. He sets it out so great and perfect for me,” she told VIBE in December. “He’s like ‘You ain’t got to work, you ain’t got to do this or that.’ Just be with me. And we enjoy each other. It’s not hard to stay down. The least I can do is give back, and make sure I’m 100 percent and a strong woman.”

One of the ways Tiny gave back to her hubby was by showing her support all throughout his drug rehab for painkillers. “I attended a couple of his group meetings to support him. I didn’t want to leave him out there by himself,” she says. “I really wanted to be there and support him and help him get through whatever he had to do. I just felt like it was something very small. It takes an hour of my time. He was going, we’d be together, so why not?”

So is there anything to miss when life is a wonderland? “The only thing in my old life that I miss is working. Before I got with [T.I.] I had stopped working and going on the road, anyway,” she explains. “Life has changed with him. It’s worry-free. I don’t have to worry about getting up and going to work every day. I don’t have to stress about trying to get money or trying to make more money. He’s upgraded my life. I wouldn’t want to take back nothing.”