Nigerian Music Diva Tiwa Savage estranged husband, Tunji Balogun, popularly known as TeeBillz, has revealed that he has saved many people from committing suicide in recent weeks.
The showbiz promoter, who at the height of a marital crisis with Savage in April 2016 tried to take his own life by jumping into the lagoon around the Lekki area of Lagos, said that following that experience, God has been using him to rescue many people attempting to do a similar thing.
United in a colourful wedding ceremony in November 2013 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and blessed with a son – Jamil, the couple’s union began experiencing cracks not too long after following accusations of infidelity and insensitivity for the feelings of each other. By April 2016, the crisis became full-blown, leading finally to their separation.
Speaking exclusively to Saturday Beats earlier in the week, TeeBillz, who had been going through rehabilitation, said that God deliberately made him experience those challenges for him to become a better man and live out his purpose in life.
According to him, without being pushed to the limits by those personal and marital hurdles, he never would have become the man he is today.
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He said, “The way I handle things now is completely different from how I acted in the past. I do better now because I know better. If I had gone through the experience before now, it probably wouldn’t make sense to me until I go through some challenging situations. But I thank God that I have been able to overcome all those through the guidance of my coach.
“I only recently understand what it means to have a purpose in life. I have saved many people from committing suicide even though I don’t come out to say it. I was suicidal myself but God preserved me so I could also save others. I just realised that He kept me to touch the lives of others. People surely have their opinion about me and the entire issue, but God sees my heart and knows how much of a new man I am.
“I am like Job in the Bible, God made me pass through all these challenges to make me a better person. I am only human, just like everyone else, so I am not immune to committing mistakes. My experience can be likened to a battle between evil and good. I am happy God redeemed me and pushed me on the side of good.
“I am not being religious, I am just grateful to Him for giving me a renewed mindset. This is one of the biggest things coaching has done to me.”
Asked if those he called friends stood by him during his moment of trial, the father of one did not waste time in giving his response: “God is the only friend I have.”
When probed further on whether he and Savage had settled their differences and what their relationship looks like these days, TeeBillz declined making any categorical statement, maintaining that “God is the only friend I have. He knows and has the best for me in His vineyard.”
The showbiz promoter, who credits his transformation to the tireless support of his life coach, Mr. Lanre Olusola, said that he is already assisting colleagues in the entertainment industry passing through depressing situations to deal with them.
He said, “I am already helping a couple of colleagues in the industry that require the type of coaching I have been through. I am open to working with others needing some sort of motivation and inspiration. Celebrities are humans too, our lives are out there for people to see but that does not mean we cannot make mistakes. The most important thing, however, is for one to surmount the challenge and triumph. I am happy with my life now.”