In this month’s issue of GQ, rapper 50 Cent addresses several ongoing controversies in his life: his relationship with his son, his former friends Lloyd Banks and Tony Yayo and Diddy. In the interview, 50 also explains why he thinks romantic relationships fail.
“I think friendship is the strongest form of relationship,” 50 says. “Don’t ever forget to be friends. And you be conscious. Because there’s a point that your friendship would develop that it has so much value that it would become priceless. And at that point, you should consider marriage.”
The rapper’s relationship with his older son was in the spotlight earlier this month when Marquise Jackson posted on Facebook that his famous father didn’t attend his high school graduation. 50 blames the 17-year old’s mother for their estrangement.
“Me and my son, we don’t have a relationship anymore,” 50 said. “It’s based on his mom. He’s adopted her way of thinking.”
As for Banks and Yayo, 50 says that he did too much to help his old friends from Queens and his former G-Unit bandmates.
“I enabled these guys,” he shared, “I wouldn’t have been a friend if I didn’t help them. But helping them hurt them.” And he claims he doesn’t miss having his boys around him. “Not really. Not now. I make adjustments…Maybe I was paying them to be friends.”
While he states that he doesn’t seek out conflicts, he had a succinct response when asked about fellow hip-hop mogul Sean “Diddy” Combs: “He’s a sucker,” 50 said. He also shared his side of why his relationship soured with his record label Interscope.
“When people couldn’t care less about you actually being successful, you can feel it,” he said.