Ginuwine—real name Elgin Baylor Lumpkin—rarely talks about his personal situations but in light of these bankruptcy and divorce rumors, he has much to say.
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The TGT member is currently in a legal battle against the executive producer of his hit album, The Bachelor, Robert Reives. Reives is suing the crooner for $250k of Ginuwine’s five-album $1.5m Sony deal. During a pretrial hearing in his case, Lumpkin’s lawyer, Bruce Beckner, claimed the singer was pushing towards being broke. “Mr. Lumpkin is very close to declaring bankruptcy,” Beckner said. “He owes my firm a ton of money and a bunch of other people a ton of money. He owes Uncle Sam 300-odd thousand dollars in back income taxes.”
He also dropped another bomb, Ginuwine’s marriage is almost over —which also contributed to his strained finances. After his lawyer said his piece, Robert finally spoke out via Instagram. Posting a post that read “Quitting is just NOT an option” with a lengthy response to clear up any rumors.
“I need to address yesterday’s rumor because it is not totally accurate and I don’t want my wife being made out to be the bad guy here. We are NOT yet divorced, but we ARE currently separated and working towards coming to our own agreement, without lawyers, to amicably and fairly divorce. We’ve kept it quiet because it is really no ones business but ours and our family’s. Therefore, reports that she left me “broke” are untrue. She has been a good wife and mother and my poor choices and actions over many years have lead to this. I am on a path of becoming a better man and part of that is taking responsibility for my own choices and behavior in life, so that’s what I’m doing by releasing this statement. I thank everyone who has been there for us through these trying times. You are appreciated. God bless”
While he never addressed the status of his marriage until this week, it doesn’t come as much of a shocker. Ginuwine and his wife, Sole, made headlines in July after Lumpkin blasted his daughter on IG and her mother angrily responded. We hope Ginuwine gets everything worked out with his finances and marriage
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