Singer Terry G has disclosed that he regrets a lot of actions in his past, things he’s not proud of today.
Speaking to Punch, Terry G said he was “only a victim of controversies,” and mistakes anyone could commit. He said:
I do not like controversies. I was only a victim of controversies. All that I have done in the past that made me controversial were mistakes anyone could commit.
I am still paying the price for my past. I did certain things I can never do again. I was a young boy, who was just having fun and enjoying music. My past still haunts me as I speak to you, as I am being judged for those actions. I have done things I am not proud of.
Terry G also said the things he was criticized for are things musicians today do freely.
He added that he paved the way for artistes of today, that all the things he did, he did for the art. He said:
I am now a scapegoat all because I represented the streets and I was not afraid to show it. I sacrificed myself for the new generation of artistes. All I was being criticised for are those things artistes do freely now and no one talks about them.
I have many regrets, which I take as lessons in a way. If I had known better, I wouldn’t have done certain things.
But I do not think what I sing or say determines who I am. One day, Nigerians will realise that art is different from reality. I made my mother love Patience Ozokwor because she had the impression that she was a wicked woman because of her roles in movies. I made my father love many musicians too. I made them understand that what they were doing was an art.
Sooner than later, Nigerians will understand that the all the crazy things I do are just for the art; I am an actor. I am yet to do most of the things the new artistes do in their videos, yet people still see me as the most terrible person. In other countries, nobody makes an issue out of those things.