It’s a good thing Waka Flocka didn’t decide to retire from rap after all. Otherwise, a 53-year-old Florida woman might have never gotten her new lease on life as a single woman.
In one of the most interesting, and oddly inspiring, blog posts we’ve come across in a long time, Dianne D. details the story of “How a Waka Flocka Flame Concert Ended My Marriage and Saved My Life,” writing that “[g]oing to see Waka Flocka Flame in concert was a nail in the coffin of my previous marriage.”
Dianne, who works as a social media communications advisor, details how she had written an article about rappers using social media and said that Waka Flocka had gotten it right. When the rapper got word of her post he retweeted it and began following her on Twitter, a move that the then-married writer says gave her a much needed career boost:
This truly changed my life. As I learned more about Waka (and the entire Brick Squad Monopoly group of talented artists) I got back in touch with my musical roots and interests, and began expanding my follows to include more rap and hip hop artists than social media experts. Through this period, I began blogging reviews of upcoming artists. I was able to meet (via Twitter) some amazing artists and talents, and not just rap musicians but actors, writers, country and rock artists…a truly awesome mix of talent and celebrity.
So Waka’s following and retweeting me gave me happiness, more followers and credibility. He started my new career of reviewing rap artists. I can’t ever thank him enough.
Unfortunately, Diane’s husband at the time wasn’t quite as taken by his wife’s new obsession and when she told him she was going to attend one of the rapper’s concerts, his true colors began to show. She wrote:
My ex NEVER liked rap, my interest in rap & rap artists, or my blogging about rap. When I knew Waka was coming to Ft. Lauderdale, my husband basically said he wouldn’t prevent me from going (as if) but he didn’t want me to go. When I didn’t immediately agree not to go, things got worse. He basically implied that (and I’m paraphrasing) “many black men would be putting their bodies in close proximity to mine.” Also, “since I was so enamored of Waka, if Waka asked, I might go out clubbing with him and end up doing something I’d regret.”…
Of course, my ex probably didn’t really think Waka would ‘co-mingle’ with me, but it was the fact that he even suggested this kind of bullshit scenario that made my mind up for me. I got my Waka concert ticket. I went by myself. And guess what? There were more white people there than anything else, and people from every age group….
Dianne also went the extra mile of paying for a meet and greet session with Waka who remembered his Twitter follower when he saw her in person. All of these elements combined inspired Dianne to go ahead and file them papers. She said:
“[B]asically, the experience with my ex of the Waka concert made my mind up for me. It was time to make that break, and live my life without looking over my shoulder or being beholden to a man who didn’t appreciate me or the interesting turns my life might take. We’ve been divorced for a few months now. I couldn’t be happier.
The moral of this story? Don’t EVER let anyone else keep you from your bliss, no matter what that may be. If someone truly loves you, they will come along for the adventure. Otherwise, get the heck out and live your life to the fullest. Believe me, you’ll sleep better at night and have a song in your heart.
The song in MY heart will always be a song by Waka Flocka Flame.
Who knew you could get all that from a man yelling “brick squad” every two seconds? Congrats to Diane for making the moves she needed to make!