Bow Wow recently sat down with Vlad TV to talk about his career and the importance of co-parenting, but it was his comments about former flame, Ciara, that really stick out.

The two began dating when they were 17 and the relationship lasted for almost two years. “How we met was crazy, because she was an extra in my tour— in the intro movie to my show,” said Bow Wow. “She was the girl sitting behind me in the classroom. And she had a two-way [pager] and I remember Jazzy was like, ‘I got this artist!’ I was like, ‘She’s cute or whatever, but I’m cool.’ We became cool, got each other numbers from there. To this day they’re super, super tight [Ciara and his mother].”

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Bow Wow admitted that for a while he dodged labeling their relationship, until Janet Jackson and Jermaine Dupri stepped in. “I didn’t know I cared for her until I tried to play her. Being a dick, egotistic. She kind of boss’d up on me at a Jay Z concert. Then her record went No. 1. I remember Janet [Jackson] always telling me, ‘You know Bow, she’s a sweet girl. You should just try.’ And I was like, ‘I don’t know, I don’t know.’ And Jermaine said, ‘It’s gonna take him seeing that girl with somebody else and he gon’ lose his f**king mind, Don’t tell him nothing.’ [chuckles] And that’s exactly how it happened.”

Now, years later, Bow Wow has nothing but positive things to say about Ciara. “I respect her so much and am so proud of her today. I’m really proud of her because I was there in the beginning. And she’s well deserved at everything she has right now. I’m very happy for her.”

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