Birdman has finally spoken out about the heavily rumored photo of him kissing Lil Wayne, his protégé at the time, that was posted in 2006.
The kiss aroused concerns among fans at the time, with some even questioning the two’s sexuality. Birdman has already addressed their acts, claiming that he regards Wayne like a son and kisses his other children. Now, in 2021, when discussing the matter, the entrepreneur continues to tell the same story.
MIAMI, FLORIDA – FEBRUARY 01, 2020: Birdman and Lil Waune attend Lil Wayne’s “Funeral” album release party in Miami, Florida on February 01, 2020. (Getty Images/Gerardo Mora for Young Money/Republic Records)
On Tuesday, Sept. 21, he did an interview on the “Big Facts” podcast, where he was once again asked about the infamous photo. “First of all my own born son, I would kiss him. I know you got a child you probably kiss him. You probably got a son, you would kiss him.”
Birdman went on to explain that because he was living a rough lifestyle he knew there may always be a moment where he may not make it back home. “ I always looked at it like, ’cause I was in the streets, and I thought this might be the last time they ever see me. ‘Cause I was living like that. That’s what that shit really started from ’cause I thought that every night I leave, I might not never come back.”
Their relationship, however, was not always smooth. They had a prior feud in 2014 over the delay of Wayne’s “Tha Carter V” album, which resulted in various lawsuits and Wayne’s threat to retire. While there were glimpses of reunion over the years, Lil Wayne — also known as Tunechi — and Birdman’s relationship did not fully recover until 2018, which also happened to be the year Wayne released his long-awaited album.
Despite the years’-long beef, as Birdman continued on in the interview, ”I always today look at Wayne as my child. I was his father when he didn’t have a father since he was nine years old. And I love him like my own and I’d give my life for him and I’d take a life for him.”
It’s possible that the “father-and-son” duo is working on a project together. Birdman expressed interest in doing a follow-up to their 2006 album “Like Father, Like Son” during a conversation with Lil Wayne on “Young Money Radio” last year. “I want it to be my farewell,” Birdman stated.