T.I. is heading back to jail for nearly a year but not without some words of support from his fellow Atlanta stars.
The superstar MC was sentenced Friday to 11 months in prison for probation violation after he was caught with drugs during a traffic stop in Los Angeles last month. Tip just wrapped up a bid for a felony weapons charge in March and is expected to turn himself in within the next two weeks. As the ATL spitter heads back to prison, some famous faces are sending T.I. some hometown love.
“He just gotta hold his head up,” Atlanta producer and DJ Lil Jon told MTV News on the Tao New York 10th Anniversary red carpet Saturday. “Sometimes you get the wrong curveballs in life but you keep your head up, keep pushing, everything will be good.”
Southern songbird Ciara also sent the MC some messages of support.
“To the big homie T.I., I just want to … send you and your family all my love and support and prayer and, of course, keep your head up strong,” she said. “You survived this long, and before you know it, the journey will be over and I’m hoping that when you come out that things can only continue to get better for you and for your family.”
The R&B princess added that she feels for T.I., who has to deal with the sometimes harsh glare of the spotlight and fair-weather support from the music game when handling mistakes.
“I support him. None of us have perfect days and it’s crazy because in our industry when we don’t have perfect days a lot of times people turn their backs on you. We’re all human and unfortunately … when you are a celebrity what you do is exposed. But there are a lot of people just like you that go through troubles every day,” the “Ride” singer said. “I support anybody that’s going through a tough time and I’m sure … he wants to do better and I support a person who wants to do that too.”
“The Real Housewives of Atlanta” diva NeNe Leakes said she hopes Tip will turn his life around after his latest slip-up.
“I feel sorry for him because he’s so great and he’s so powerful. I feel really bad that it’s happening to him,” she said. “So maybe this will be the last lesson learned. Maybe he’ll really get it together.”
Ultimately, it sounds as though many of the city’s celebs will continue to hold the MC down.
“He represents Atlanta,” NeNe smiled. “We love him.”