If you’ve been keeping up with Teairra Mari‘s public ups and downs, you know the 31-year-old has been through the ringer over the last few years. After being charged with battery and theft after an altercation with an Uber driver in 2015, barely getting out of that situation unscathed, the singer went to rehab to deal with her issues with alcoholism. This was documented on Love and Hip Hop Hollywood. When she returned from rehab, looking healthy and happy, she got involved with a guy named Akbar Abdul-Ahad. He was a shady character who has a whole harem, and when she chose to leave him alone, coincidentally, a sex tape involving her and Abdul-Ahad was put on social media. Rapper 50 Cent, an alleged friend of her ex, posted an image from it on his Instagram.
Mari tried to sue 50 and her ex, who was accused of being the one who originally leaked the video. Unfortunately, when she was spotted with Abdul-Ahad after the fact, despite her lawsuit, her lawyer Lisa Bloom quit. According to Mari, without representation, her case against 50 was dismissed and she was ordered to pay more than $30,000 for his legal fees. If you’ve been on social media, you know she has not attempted to pay him and they’ve gone back and forth publicly about that.
Despite her ability to keep up with that pettiness and have a good sense of humor about it, Mari can admit that she’s going through it. She visited The Breakfast Club earlier this week to talk about all she’s been facing, and it was tough to watch. She revealed that despite her past successful time in rehab, the sex tape drama caused her to relapse.
“I can’t say I haven’t drank,” she said. “Especially when that situation was going down, I was out of it every day because I was just so humiliated. I didn’t even want to show my face.”
Speaking honestly on the tape, she said to this day she still has to fight to get clips from it taken down from social media and sites. The whole situation has been mortifying.
“I was humiliated for the world to see,” she said. “It happens, but mines was just on a platform and not only social media, but TV. So yeah, it was like a double whammy.”
“I just think about that damn sex tape and what this all stemmed from, that’s what weighs on me,” she added. “I’m still having to get it taken down from porn sites. It’s crazy.”
The star also wanted to make it clear that despite what people watched on LHHH she never went back to Abdul-Ahad romantically. Instead, she tried to hear him out in his claims that he wasn’t the one who leaked their sex tape. Looking back at the situation and the outcome, she wishes she hadn’t given him another minute of her time.
“I wouldn’t have believed ol’ boy,” she said. “I wouldn’t have gone to meet him, I wouldn’t have tried to hear him out. I would have just changed my number then and then just proceeded with my case.”
Based on the interview, Mari seems emotionally shaken. When asked where she stands now, she said she’s trying to do the work and love on herself.
“Right now I’m dating myself,” she said. “I came straight out of rehab and I started dating ol’ boy. And I just didn’t give myself enough time to get into a routine and get into self-love all of the way. I jumped straight into a relationship.”
You also won’t see or hear about Mari in anymore compromising positions online.
“No more sex tapes, no more pictures,” she said, “I am scarred.”