R&B singer/songwriter Tameka 'tiny' Cottle has blamed a finger injury for failing to wear her wedding ring amid ongoing rumours suggesting her marriage to rapper T.I. is on the rocks.
Speculation surrounding the status of the couple's relationship has been swirling online for several weeks after T.I. left the former Xscape star to walk the red carpet at the Grammy Awards solo, while weeks later he also publicly criticised his wife for posting a photo on Instagram.com showing off her slim waist and backside.
Cottle has fuelled the troubled marriage claims by recently stepping out without her wedding ring, but she has now spoken out to clear up the allegations.
She says, "We had a couple fights and we were arguing. We argue all the time though. We had this one big fall out about the Grammys... but no, we're still together. No divorce, we're just normal. We go through the same things that everybody does."
Explaining the reason for her missing engagement and wedding bands, she tells U.S. talk show host Wendy Williams, "I jammed my finger so I can't even fit it (on my finger). For real, it's a big rock. I would like to wear it."
The couple, which has two kids and four stepchildren together, began dating in 2001 and wed in 2010.