Toni Payne Opens Up To City People Magazine | Her Life, Company, Marriage To 9ice, and Seperation


Toni Payne sat down with City People Magazine and really opened up about her relationship or lack there of with 9ice. Very insightful interview because up till now there hadn’t been a full “tell it like it is” statement from Toni Payne. There’s 2 sides to every story, and we can say this is Toni’s side.

If most of what she says here is true, then she has definitely gone through her share of life’s pain. Anyways, check it. Definitely a must-read.

Q: Did u hear d gist making d rounds dat a lady in Abuja just delivered twins for ur husband?

A: Yes I did

Q: Rumor has it that 9ice went into that affair because you went into a new relationship, how true is that?
A; That is not true, he has been in that relationship before we seperated. In fact the day I found out about it, I confronted her over the phone and she reported me to him. He came to fight me because of that and later called his parents (Alhaji Azeez Akande, Tawa Oshodi) to come and pack me and my son out of the house.

Q: Some ave alleged dat she was d one who broke ur marriage. Is this true?

A: yes she was the main reason along with issues with his family. All that ruggedman story was rubbish, I’m not even attracted to ruggedman cos he is like a brother to me. Aside that, his manager was feeding his parents false stories about me cos he wanted me out of the picture cos he thot I wanted his job and also his brother Dr Wale Akande convinced them I was after his property because I stopped d brother from continuing with building our house after noticing some monies where unaccounted for. Mind you I met my husband when he was struggling, none of his family members sent him then. We were staying in my family house and his apt with Jahbless in Ikorodu and I loved him regardless, so what property could I have been after? I toiled night and day with him so why would I want to cheat him. The parents would come to the house to fight me, yelling curses, trying to frustrate me out of the house, the mother tore my dress one day and I ran for mine and my sons safty. This caused a lot of tension in our relationship but instead of him to stand by me he ran to another woman.

Q: What was ur reaction to the twins news wen you heard it? Were u angry? Did u call him to ask about that news of a woman having a child for him?

A: Yes I was understandably angry because from day 1 he knows I don’t want polygamy for my children if I can avoid it and also cos I felt he shud have divorced me first and married her before engaging in such. Like what example is he setting for his son. Lastly I felt if he would impregnate anyone it should not be the woman who broke our home.

Q: Why have u been quiet all this while about your marriage break up?

A: I tried very hard to protect him even when people rubbished me. I never said ok he was the one who messed up because I felt he would be wise and consider my sons interest, when taking life changing decisions that could affect Zion. A part of me wanted to believe he would never put his own bloods future at stake for cheap thrils. I changed my mind about talking when I read a recent paper and noticed his manager was already trying to twist things to make it look like he moved on and got someone pregnant cos I’m engaged, I’m NOT engaged, so I just felt enough is enough, I don’t know why they must always bringg my name up to justify their mistakes. I had to ask myself, Why am I protecting a man who continues to make me look bad to protect himself. I felt it was time to be true to myself and quit deceiving myself that he will soon feel remorse for his actions.

Q: Was it because you wanted reconciliation?

A: No, I just felt I should protect him because I guess a stupid part of me still loved him and felt he would come to his senses and at least do right by my son even if we never reconcile. At d end of the day I’m human and have emotions too, guess I never predicted things would get this bad.

Q: For the very 1st time, can you tell me what broke your marriage?

A: Simple: 3 things broke my marriage: His family’s interferance, His Manager’s interference and His affair with Vicky Godis

Q: Whose fault, your or his fault?

A: I can’t say I was perfect, but I NEVER cheated on him. I was pregnant and later nursing the entire time we were married. Also, before I got married I knew what being loyal is, I also knew there is no way I would ever cheat on my husband. Its not my way. Yeah I would get angry when he cheated on me, I felt it was a normal reaction when you love someone and they are doing things to hurt you but still I never left him. The seperation was not my idea. My son was 11 months old, a week before his 1st birthday, his parents threw us out. My son spent his birthday in a hotel. I was sitting in my house when his parents came, they packed my things and my sons things into my car, I have pictures I took as evidence and I drove off with my son to a friends hotel in VI where I stayed for 3 weeks. Meanwhile he was with Vicky in abuja while it was happening.

Q: Is it true you have asked for Divorce

A: Yes, I have. He is yet to file. If he is so sure he doesn’t want to be married he should have no problems divorcig me. Allow me move on and give my son a family life he deserves.

Q: Do u see room for reconciliation?

A: I am not God so I can’t say yes or no but he has hurt me too deeply to just go back. It would take a lot of healing, although iv moved on forgetting the pains is not that easy. At the end of the day, only God know where our future is headed.

Q: Some accuse you of forcing yourself on him and that you are older than him and that he couldnt just say no

A: I never forced myself on him. He did all the chasing, even when I said I can’t marry a musician, he never stopped, he kept assuring me that if he got famous he would not change and I trusted him. What people don’t know is we got engaged in November 2007, even before Gongo Aso became a hit, some said its because I was pregnant, that is not true, I got pregnant 5 months after we picked a wedding date. I am not older than him, that report is also false. He is older than me.

Q: Can you let us into how u fell in love wit 9ice? Who toasted who? Did u make the 1st move or he did?

A: He toasted me, I resisted in the begining because I did not want a musician boyfriend, I later agreed because I felt he was sweet and sincere. How he changed so much is what I’m not sure of. Maybe bad advisers around him.

Q How did you feel when the news broke that you are dating ruggedman/ Did u ever date him?

A: I have said this hundreds of times, I Never dated Ruggedman, I was never caught with Ruggedman or any other man. At first I did not take it serious because I knew it was a lie. Iv known ruggedman longer than any guy in the industry, we have always been friends but never dated. Till date, we have been and still are like brother and sister. That ruggedman story was a terrible attempt to destroy my reputation. I’m not loose, I don’t sleep around, I don’t jump from man to man, I know the concequences of cheating so why would I engage in it. Why would I build with a man, when I know I still want to play around. Why would I destroy my home carelessly. I’m not stupid. That makes no sense to me. I thank God I have a fighting spirit because I did not let the lies or insults bring me down.

Q: How did u meet 9ice? For how long did you date before marriage?

A: I first saw him in Oct 2006, he came to back ruggedman up at Gbenga Adeyinkas Anniversary. We dint hook up till the following year. I went back to the states and we would chat online and talk on the phone for hours. We got married in July 2008.

Q: How true is the story that you were too overbearing on him?

A: I do not think I was overbearing. I wanted the best for him so yeah I may push him to strive for the best. I don’t think that’s a bad thing or something worth breaking a marriage over.

Q: How come it didn’t work out

A: It takes 2 to make a marriage work, if one party insist they dont want it to work it will cripple any effort made by anyone. The mistake I made was entering with my heart and not my head. I should have taken his family background seriously and made 100% sure he had the same family values as me.

Q: Let’s get to know about ur growing up years Where were you born?

A: Though my family decend is Ogun state, I’m a lagos baby. My childhood was fun, grew up and only child but had a lot of cousins to play with. Let’s say I had a sound childhood.

Q: How about your growing up years and Schools attended?

A: I shuttled between america and naija as a child and till now so I attended primary n secondary in both countries but finished my university education at california state university northridge

Q: Having studid in the US, what professional/education courses did you take?

A: I studied video digital art

Q: Your parents how did they influence you, It seems you are closer to your mum?

A: they taught me to be very open in all I do. Yes my mum and I are close, shez always been there for me.

Q: Your career choice, Why showbiz?

A; Showbiz is something I stumbled into since about 1999. I started it as a hobby and eventually turned it into a business. I’m happy I did.

Q: You are into Modeling Music and Beauty how did u find yourself in all these?

A: life has drawn me into everything I do now. Something always transpires that leads me to my calling. Plus I’m a business minded person, very driven and don’t mind getting my hands wet in new ventures.

Q: How do you cope with managing artistes? People say that can be wild

A: I am blesed with artists that don’t engage in bad activities so I count myself lucky.

Q: Tell us about your label. How many artistes do you manage?

A: I currently manage three artists; Adol, Zara and Olamide and all three are focused people. Olamide and Adol just released their albums titled Rapsodi and Orin, respectively. Zara is currently working on her debut album

Q: Did you ever manage 9ice How did you cope fitting the 2 roles?

A: I took care of his international relations as well as some PR. I did it because I wanted him to succeed not because he hired mee or was paying me. Its what I love doing plus I was very passionate about his music so it came easy

Q: Marrying a star means u coping with his female admirers. How did u cope?

A: Well, I’m in the industry as well so I know it comes with the territory. It didn’t bother me so far he kept it professional.

Q: What are your full names? Toni Payne sounds oyinbo, How come?

A: (laughs) Toni is short for Antonia and Payne is my last name. My yoruba name is Seun

Q: How come you and his manager don’t get along?

A: he disliked me because he felt I wanted his job. I believe it was ignorance disturbing him. I wasn’t interested in his job. I just wanted to be helpful to the process by contributing my knowledge. Guess he knew he was horrible at his job hence the insecurities. For me I dint care who managed him so far the person was doing a great job.

Q: When the news broke dat you were marrying 9ice in 2008 many felt you rushed him. Did you?

A: in 2008, no we did not rush. We were engaged before he got popular so because the marriage took place around the time people started appreciating him, they felt it was a new decision when it wasn’t.

Q: Then Zion came isn’t dat a rush?

No, I was of age and so was he. We discussed it before, its just because everything was happening around the same time people wanted to know more about him. It wasn’t a new decision at all or something that just happened. No.

Q: Is it true that this lady that had kids for 9ice has always been 9ices girlfriend before you came into the picture?

A: (laughs) No, that is not true. My husband met her a few months before our seperation. I believe in September 2009 or thereabouts. Her name is Vicky “Bukky” Godis. She works at ECOWAS in Abuja.

Q: What did being a mother change in you

A: it made me more tolerant at the same time more protective. A mother son love is unique. Very special feeling.

Q: Any regrets about how your marriage went?

A:In life there are always two sides to things. People never gave me a chance before judging me. I received so many insults, hate mail over something I did not do. It was painful knowing I was innocent yet a lot were quick to crucify me. Ill just say to those who judged me blindly, may God forgive you. Next time find out facts before castigating an innocent person. In Nigeria women are usually judged unfairly and this act has to stop. Its very very unfair.

Source: City People &



  1. Toni…honestly,i thought you were a whore after hearin all the news…but u know,speakin up would have made things better…..thank God for you..he’l surely be with you..and as for vikky d husband snatcher…she can never be happy…. BLESS! follow me on twitter Emmysexy…

  2. Na wa o……
    The things people go through……
    As so one said just try to move however difficult it may seem…..

  3. my sister, everything wrks together 4good to those who wait upon the Lord!! jus wait & see hw God will put all ur enemies to a big shame!!!

  4. Good article, but reading it was painful because of the writers misuse of English here. Are you writing an article or sending a text? Get it together!

  5. When you changed your name to Pain, did you expect to find happiness in marriage? LOL. Next time look before you leap… in EVERYTHING you do. Now, I wonder who's telling the truth…

    • You are such a dimwit…. did you read the article or not? Where did u read that she changed her name to Pain? She said herself that Payne is her family name. God some people are annoying. Even if her name is pain she deserves to be cheated on and insulted by millions of Nigerians right? I shake my head at your life.

    • The name is PAYNE not PAIN………try and be more sensitive instead of putting salt in her wa for you o……..

  6. Ahhh……
    Finally the hypocrisy of Nigerians as a whole has been exposed
    When I was asking my friends how they were so sure that she slept with Ruggedman they said "because of a song that 9ice wrote".
    How stupid can people be? Believing all that someone said simply because of a single track. Well 9ice has got what he wanted…. all u morons have bought his album die., and he's chilling with his second wife while all of you wasted your energy on Toni.

  7. Toni seun payne it is well with you may God bless you may all your wishes come true forget about d past just move on..i know 9ice was a lier since i heard d tape conversation with rugged man…it is true 9ice is an ingrate damn! How can he be so heartless like this even not for his wife for his son hmm! GOD WILL SURELY JUDGE……like jagz am out of d building B…..l…..a….o…w!

  8. toni,its very unfortunate its happening 2u bt u hav 2acept it,i cee 9ice nt man enough allowing his parents n manager into his mariage,dat mean he neva luvd u,so i advice u push d divorce so u culd move on.

  9. My dear Toni,nobody’s perfect and we can’t choose who we fall inlove with…u sef go don gt ur own 4 body,d gist too as e b so,na only God u get.e b lyk say u no dey pray well,pray my sister…make we dey look b4 we leap…

  10. My sister,u av gone tru a lot in ur marriage.but u own a blame coz u shld av spoken up ealier,instead of allowing dat ingrate 2 spoil ur name.he is a fool allowing his parent and manager to ruin his marriage.u are a big and rich move on wit ur life u wil find someone 2 accept u d way u greetings 2 zion.

  11. Hmm My sister,u av gone tru a lot in ur marriage.but u own a blame coz u shld av spoken up ealier,instead of allowing dat ingrate 2 spoil ur name.he is a fool allowing his parent and manager to ruin his marriage.u are a big and rich move on wit ur life u wil find someone 2 accept u d way u greetings 2 zion.

  12. Toni, as a woman I feel your pain. A lot of pple are goin like u should hav spoken up sooner. U did a wise thing by keeping quiet initially…it just might hav turned into a media circus with back & forth retorts. After a while tho, the silence became ridiculous.
    I will admit tho, I am one of those who believed the lies. Judging u on the other hand is something I never did. Thank God for that.
    The Lord is definitely your strength..ur’s & ur sons.
    Unfortunately, there are a lot of immature babies out there in grown men’s skins who hav no business looking twice @ real women talkless of marrying one & having kids with them, not to talk of marrying another.
    It is simply ridiculous, the selfishness & self-centredness of it.
    It is well with u.

  13. Toni, as a woman I feel your pain. A lot of pple are goin like u should hav spoken up sooner. U did a wise thing by keeping quiet initially…it just might hav turned into a media circus with back & forth retorts. After a while tho, the silence became ridiculous.
    I will admit tho, I am one of those who believed the lies. Judging u on the other hand is something I never did. Thank God for that.
    The Lord is definitely your strength..ur’s & ur sons.
    Unfortunately, there are a lot of immature babies out there in grown men’s skins who hav no business looking twice @ real women talkless of marrying one & having kids with them, not to talk of marrying another.
    It is simply ridiculous, the selfishness & self-centredness of I
    And don’t u worry, “Pashan ti won fi na iyale…”
    It is well with u.

    • Mr 9ice is nothing but gold digger …..he is not the person to trust at all ….and i bet you (9ice) God will surely judge you .

  14. Well with all u av said,it is a case of I don make am,I need to enjoy life,reclessly,am happy my boy mickel aka ruggedman,no be bitchass as they wanted him to look like.take heart my dear,olamide na new star,and as for dehinde?we go soon see

  15. smh. her last line captured it all. only in nigeria are women castigated like this. In God's time you have been vindicated. Wishing you and your son the best.

    9ice is not a man. Only boys can be this selfish and irresponsible. I hope he will reap what he has sown and the world will see it.
    Ladies, it's always good to listen to your instincts and not fall for wolves in sheep's clothing.

  16. 9ice is jst a fortunate bastard.if all u said is true…4 1ce i regret 4 men.i knw u’ll succed further & truthfuly i see 9ce falling.GOD BLESS U & ZION

  17. Well all is well with u and ur son, there are many people pretending to be nice but wicked.9ice pretend to be in love with u at initial stage because of ur money and wealth but immediately he get what he wants he changed. Such is life he will surely get his own side of coin too. Am very sure he will come and ask for forgiveness. Enu ti igbin e fi bu orisa ni, afi gbole last… Pls move on and forget the past regards to ur son.

  18. Right from the start, I knew 9ice was LIAR, A COWARD. Throughout his SONG he never mention names that shows he was tryin to create confusion, which he suceeded. You have to respect your wife no matter wat happen. YOU DONT FUCK WITH ruGGED. Sister d lord is your strength he will see you tru.

  19. it is un4tunate. If all u ve said is tru, then be rest assured dt he ll regret till he dies. Howeva, u were supposed to look before leaping and equally watch n pray. D fam n friends of a man play great role in a man’s marriage. U ve learnt ur lessons. May God fight for u and settle u n zion. Pls take care of zion very well so he wont be anothjer 9ce.

  20. my sister I assure you that one day 9ce will come back apologizn & if he does, you must 4give him as for his mistress she’s a looser. be prayerful God will see you through

  21. 9ice aint as nice as we tot… Sobs! Shame on him n dat husby snatcher. Payne, if all dis is true den kip d faith bt do a self check 2. Luv 2 u n ur son

  22. Pagne,tnk God it ws early enuf,pls dnt regret it,u used both ur hed and ur haert,jst 4giv 9ce,n move on wit ur life,d Lord is ur strength.

  23. Payn i no feel 9ice again since i read this story of urs. gurl 9ice is notin but ingrate………. Rolex Boy lo so be. Payne God wil Protect u and Zion, leave 9ice n d snatcher dey go soon regret. awon ti Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida University dey hail u n ur Guyz wey u dey sponsor now……. we love u Payne

  24. payne!!!dis ar 3 tins u mst tak note b4 engagein,u mst knw u ar goin 2 face callenge,avenge bt dont revenge.cause God is dere 4 u,leav dt ingrate alone(omo osan toun ko kondo ba iya heeee)

  25. toni am so sorry it was u dis sh**t has happened to but i know god will judge.9ice is an ingret he used u as a ladder and dumped u am his fan but now am staying aside……take heart payne we still luv u.

  26. 9ice is not wise atall, haw could a man listen to 2 his family and broke up with his life, am afraid his a killer, someone dat gave u all her time,love, God he’s a bad man @ toni God will make u hapi, tank God u have a gud job doing just face ur son and løok ahead,we men doesnt wat dieing 4 sometime. Take kia and God bless u and ur son.

  27. I’m nt suprised but just too ridiculous. It is d law of karma; wot soever u give 2 nature, nature finds a way 2 pay u bck. Gather ur pieces, move on wit ur, 4give nd then be wise. God is ur strngt.

  28. Is it just me? but this interview is totally fake. Looks like some people just sat down to form questions and answers. The interview was not edited. Even a JSS 1 one student would not write "you" as "U". Not to talk of a magazine in its online copy (Q: Marrying a star means u coping with his female admirers. How did u cope?) . check out this question too: Can you let us into how u fell in love wit 9ice? Who toasted who? Did u make the 1st move or he did?. This is totally crappy. If you want to help your friend toni redeem her image, I'll advise you to find a more creative way to do it and stop impersonating City People magazine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. And the other comments seem like someone wrote them all. With all the respondents either starting with Toni or my dear sister. It's obvious the writer knows Toni in person. Stop giving us bullshit. Not all Nigerians are dumb.

  29. I cant take shit.this is could everybody given the same comment,you pple are disgrace to humanity.

  30. Well for me Toni has alot of blame if this is real. You need to understand that 9ice has been tru tick and tin wiv his mother. therefore is not easy for you to overbear him and they will sit back nd watch. from your answer u didn't deny overbearing him, which means you did. Toni i want you to realize that in life once u ar destined to be great u will surely be bur God will not come down nd do it he will definitively send someone and you are not suppose to gloat about it. My advice move on lyf is too short and make sure u don't make the same mistake in your next relationship.

  31. But why did 9ice say such a big lie to his wife ..the girl that had kid for you yet you said that stupid things to…in fact i will never believe in him in my life …is nothing but gold digger

  32. toni,l feel 4u,that guy 9ice is a beast among the human,full of shit,l hate u 9ice with passion from now,dirty man that dump the great woman that made him.TONI,GOD KEEP U SAVE AND ZION……….I love u GOOD WOMAN.

  33. Such is life,,,pray God ll put u true in woteva decision u ve made…let nigerians change their mentality abt blaming women at d expense of bad behaviours of men…we re virtuous women not to be treated like slave…let every family,every home stop dis cruelty towards women…toni thy Lord who has started with u has neva sleep is there watching ova u…woteva a man sow he ll reap either good or bad…

  34. ted mumu, we ar not after the english or words usage. We don’t even care about the messager, the issue is the message. Is it true the parent drove her out with the son? Did the manager too interfere? Was there any lady that bore him twins while he was still married to his wife? Or any extra marrital affair? This are issues to look out for, not who or what wrote or gave interview.

  35. No one sud judge but if all she said is true,adigun is digging his grave,he is not man enough. Anyway we are watcing but make adigun no say wetin old man go see wen he siddon, a child no go fit even if hin climb d tallest tree. Idiot

  36. Many pple shuld jst shut dia crap…cos 9ice has always been a fool n an ingrates…check out his past relationships even with his male frends,rugged man,jahbless,reminesce,tufat,id cabasa…dis were people who helped him on his way to success…an adage says a river dat 4gets his origin will eventualy dry up

  37. I can see is that its just the lack maturity and incapable to take a stand as a man…

    If all these story where true, which I have a feeling its, then 9ice is not just acting like a man but a toddler that need to be trained but if otherwise the story is false, then I should be well convince that 9ice do not know what words "CELEBRITY AND FAME", he should have find a means of handling it more mature way even without the interference of his family and not been too open to the public…

    My analysis to believe the story above:

    1) As a celebrity and famous person to be, you start living that ever before you become one, for crying out loud, is 9ice too blind to see or notice his wife could be a cheat before they both got married???

    2) I quote Toni

    "The mistake I made was entering with my heart and not my head. I should have taken his family background seriously and made 100% sure he had the same family values as me."

    What do you think a lady of this our generation will want to come so low even lead to marriage?


  38. Antonia, pls do give this interview a wider spread. Possibly u address a press conference, 9ice has done lot of damage to your name. The other time you came to olabisi onabanjo university (limelite) with Olamide, i was looking at you to be another thing.

    I faulted his song ‘once bitten twice shy’ he never applied an indept look before singing that song, even if it was true, which you are debunking, he shouldn’t have sang it all to protect Ziön if truely he his the father. That song is to expensive.

    I love 9ice more than any artist till now but the was he allowed his marriage to crumbled is to dissatisfactory.

    Tonia, if you see the opportunity to reconcile please do for the sake of ZION.


  39. Actually I ddn’t believe dat story,it was just a song.9ce should ve thought dat it is a stigma on their son wen he grows up 2 hear it. Toni carry on God will vindicate You

  40. I can’t judge. U can’t just listen to payne story nd start to judge 9ice or 9ice nd judge payne. Once bitten twice shy. Bt Basorun ga shld think of his Son. Nd save his marriage. Devil u hav knw 4 long is better than Angel u knw notin about.. U ar a star woman will love u bcus of ur fame. 9ce shld go back to his wife nd kids. Ur wife hav realise her mistake. As 4 payne ur man will always come back to u. D strange woman will b a looser gbabee..

  41. men are never trustworthly, they never appreciate the woman who went through tick and tin with them, only a few God fearing ones, my sista GOD will step on your case and fight 4 u at the right time.

  42. Very sad nd heart touching bt all d same U̶̲̥̅̊ stil hv to thank ΰr̶̲̥̅̊ creator cos U̶̲̥̅̊ Α̲̅я̩̥̊ε̲̣̣̣̥ alive nd zion is hale nd hearty as F̶̲̥̅̊o̶̲̥̅̊я̣̣̥ 9ice I can say he is my favourite artist nd I lik him dan wat he did cos he sud nt hv been an ingrate nao dat he has bite d finger dat feeds him just let him be nd accept him anytime he comes back to U̶̲̥̅̊ nt bcos of anytin bt F̶̲̥̅̊o̶̲̥̅̊я̣̣̥ d sake of ΰr̶̲̥̅̊ baby zion pls sis anthonia oluwaseun I dnt hv d gut to call U̶̲̥̅̊ name !!!can’t hide my tears cos am also a lady ,love U̶̲̥̅̊ much sis 27FE80A6

  43. This is a slap to the music industry nd 9ja at large….toni d true fact is dat u still ve some secret with 9ice dat even cannt come out nd say nd it’s nt possible for to ve slept sexually wit other dons in d industry b4 or after met 9ice nd said it durin dis interview jor….9ice no b mad man jor..payne b4 u met 9ice wetin happen to ur relatnship wit d guy or u bi virgin when 9ice meet u….abeg stop all dis pity words nd b a preacher oda lady comin behind….