Charlie Wilson will always have a special place in Snoop Dogg’s life. Not only because they’re friends and frequent collaborators, but also because the 65-year-old singer, whom Snoop refers to as “Uncle Charlie,” helped him salvage his marriage.
In a recent interview with site HipHollywood, Snoop talked about Wilson’s relationship with wife, Mahin, his former counselor during the singer’s time in drug rehabilitation, being a source of inspiration for him. Snoop also shared how the legend encouraged him to go to great lengths to improve his relationship with wife Shante Broadus.
“Charlie Wilson, very influential in my life. Very, very influential in my life,” he said. “Because when I put Charlie in my life, or when God put Charlie in my life, he was smoking crack and in a rehabilitation home. And the lady that was working at the home with him would bring him to the studio with me. And we were smoking weed and stuff and she would say, ‘Could you guys not smoke in front of Charlie?’ And we’d be like, ‘Shut up. We not listening to you.’ We’re smoking in front of him and just disrespectful. It got to a point where, probably a year went by, and Charlie married this lady. And this lady became his wife. Not only was she his counselor, but she became his wife. And I watched her change my uncle into a whole new person where he was drug-free, his vocals got strong again, his hair started growing, his face cleared up. It was a beautiful feeling. And we started to respect this lady because we’d seen the work God was doing through her for him. And now they’ve been married longer than me and my wife.”
Speaking on his own relationship, Snoop said he and Shante had gone through rough patches. Things were so up and down at times, he filed for divorce in 2004. But in 2008, at the suggestion of Wilson, Snoop decided to do the grand gesture of a surprise vow renewal ceremony to show her he wanted to be with her and make things better.
“It was a surprise at Charlie’s house,” he said. “It was such a beautiful surprise because my wife didn’t know what was going on. Charlie worked with me on this because we were having tough times. That’s why I love him so much, because he knew we were having tough times. He said, ‘This is what you do, you got to do a renewing.’ I’m like, ‘What is all that? We done already got married, I’m not finna get married again.’ ‘Ni–a, just listen to me. You’re going to come out to the house, you’re going to do X, Y and Z. We’re going to have Teddy Riley and Guy perform because we know she loves them. Throw her off this way, and when she’s looking that way, then all of a sudden you’re going to walk on stage, you’re going to cut the music off and say, Chante, I want you to marry me again. And you’re going to steal the show.’ It was so beautiful. I’m like, who could have told Snoop Dogg that? As hardheaded as I was, as egotistical. I’m like, ‘I’m not listening to you.’ But he checked me and put me in place and in a pocket to where, that’s the way it is now. That’s the way it is, because that’s the way it is. Because I had somebody like that consulting me.”
Snoop would go on to say that marriage isn’t easy, but with counsel from the right people, like Wilson, he’s received the help necessary to continue to make it work.
“It’s hard trying to do it by yourself,” Snoop said. “We try to make it look easy. This ain’t easy at all. You need help. You need a lot of help. But you gotta be willing to receive that help and be willing to get checked. And a lot of people ain’t willing to get checked because when they get to a certain point in they life they feel like they’re uncheckable.”
Snoop and Shante have been married since 1997.