What's really wrong with Tyrese?
Singer-actor Tyrese Gibson stepped on the scene in a 1994 Coca Cola commercial and hasn’t gone away since. I’m sure if you’re in your mid to late 30s or older you remember the dark skinned, bald headed guy stepping on a public bus with headphones on singing “Always Coca Cola.” Well, that fresh faced kid would go on to have a stellar career in music as well as film and television.
It was actually 1998 when a 19-year-old Tyrese signed to RCA records and released his debut album Tyrese which spawned hits like “Nobody Else,” “Lately,” and “Sweet Lady.” The last of those would go on to be nominated for a Grammy and help the album gain certified platinum status. Sounds like a pretty good start to a music career, huh?
He wasn’t done there, though. He would release a slew of successful albums and become a force to reckon with on the R&B scene for years to come.
From Singer to Star
After making noise blazing the music scene, Tyrese would also go on to be the host of MTV Jams, snag modeling gigs with Guess and Hilfiger, and eventually get the attention of the producers in Hollywood. His first major film was a starring role in the John Singleton directed Baby Boy all the way back in 2001. Fans will recall that Tyrese played Jody, a young man growing up in California dealing with the pressure of becoming a man and leaving the nest.
Bigger roles would soon follow as Tyrese would be cast in 2 Fast 2 Furious where he played Pearce. He extended that role and became a mainstay in The Fast and Furious franchise — one of the highest grossing film series ever made.
Tyrese didn’t stop there. He also joined another very popular film series Transformers, where he would play Sgt. Robert Epps. A lot of success for a man whose career was started with a simple Coca Cola advertisement!
Tyrese Takes On Everyone
Lately it seems Tyrese hasn’t been riding so high on his horse. He’s been involved in multiple scandals in both his professional and personal lives. It all started when he began to publicly feud with members of a spin off group he created with other artist Ginuine and Tank, TGT. Tyrese felt he should get the lion’s share of all the monies being brought in by the group considering he was the biggest star among them… in his opinion at least. The other members didn’t take to well to that and they all traded insults with each other on Instagram and other social media platforms.
Soon after, he found himself in another feud with a co star from The Fast and Furious franchise, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. Gibson accused Dwayne of not being loyal by agreeing to star in his own spinoff of The Fast And Furious series, stating that other stars were also offered spinoffs and declined them.
The two would also engage in social media warfare with The Rock calling Tyrese’s album Black Rose trash, and Tyrese accusing the Rock of juicing up in the gym. It seems these public feuds started to weigh heavy on the ever outspoken Tyrese. He even threatened to quit the Fast franchise if producers decide to keep The Rock on.
Crying Over Custody
Its hard to tell if his problems are due to the pressure building on Tyrese from his professional rifts, considering that his personal life isn’t going great either. He recently released a video of himself apparently having a breakdown and crying. He wasn’t crying about TGT or his feud with The Rock, though, but over an ongoing custody battle and abuse allegations from ex-wife Norma Gibson over their 12-year-old daughter, Shayla.
In the video, Tyrese could be seen wearing a hoodie that says “Shayla Rocks” as he cries “don’t take my baby, this is all I got.” He also states that he pays “$13,000 a month” in support for his daughter. “[W]hat more do you want from me?” he concludes.
We’ve seen a lot of these personal custody battles play out in public, but we don’t often get videos of the guys in question appearing to lose it right before our eyes. The most disturbing part comes when he asks for help from his “millionaire friends” and asking where they are to help him in his moment of need. He seems to be crying out for some serious help.
I don’t know if it’s the beefs with his colleagues, or his issues with the family court system, but this brother seems to be going through some seriously hard times that are getting the best of him.. Let’s send prayers to Tyrese. He seems to to be in a space where he could use em.
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