Reality television darlings Ice-T and Coco Austin denied that they are breaking up through their publicist on Thursday, just days after West Coast rapper AP.9 told tabloids he had had an affair with Coco.
According to E! Online, a rep for the celebrity couple said there is absolutely no trouble in paradise and all reports of the beloved pair splitting up are entirely false. The rep added that they would not be commenting on AP.9’s accusations.
"Ice and Coco are doing totally fine," a publicist for Austin told E!. "Those papers are fake. They are not addressing rumors or the photos and are moving forward happily."
By “the photos,” Austin’s publicist was no doubt referring to the scandalous cell phone photos released by AP.9 in December, which showed the rapper getting a little too comfortable with the reality TV star.
AP.9’s photos caused no small controversy; just hours after they went viral, Ice-T, 54, unleashed a diatribe on Twitter, expressing outrage at the “bad taste” of the photos and saying he felt “disrespected” by his wife.
“Don’t get it twisted… I’m not happy about this s---,” Ice-T wrote in the Twitter missive. “Coco’s in Vegas. She has given me her explanation of the pics on the net from her first weeks out there with some dude.”
When Coco apologized to her husband, publicly admitting that she had been in the wrong for posing with AP.9 but alleging that the photos “were the only thing that happened," it only seemed to make the situation worse.
Instead of letting the issue slide, AP.9 went to Star magazine with a story that he and Austin had engaged in an affair in Las Vegas. AP.9 told the tabloid that he and Austin, who was in Vegas starring in a burlesque show, had met at a bar called Surrender before engaging in a steamy romance.
“She invited me back to her table; I had a couple of drinks; we exchanged numbers. I could tell we had a physical attraction,” the rapper said.
“She asked me, ‘What are you doing after the club?’ I said, ‘I’m probably just going to get a room and stay right here.’ She said, ‘Well, I’m going with you,” AP.9 told the publication. "We had sex. I don't know who made the first move. It wasn't making love; it was just sex."
The rapper claimed that Austin “threw him under the bus” after the photos surfaced, and implied he was out to clear his reputation.
"She did an interview and said, 'Oh, he was a superfan, everywhere I went he showed up and ran up to me talking pictures,” he said. "She threw me under the bus like I was some groupie stalking her.”
Adding even more fuel to the fire, AP.9 claimed that he had nude photos of Coco, but not before adding that the sex they had engaged in had been unprotected, and claiming that there was a possibility the burlesque performer was pregnant.
Austin addressed the scandal in an interview with the Daily Mail, insisting that her marriage with Ice-T was fine and the couple was just trying to move on from the incident.
Asked about the backstory behind the photos, Austin still seemed distressed.
“Do I want to set the record straight? No, because that's old news,” Coco responded. “And those pictures [with Moose Diesel] are old too. People are going to think what they think, and there's nothing I can do about it. But people were also saying my booty was fake too no matter what I said or did, so there's nothing I can do about that either.”
“Ice and I just live our own lives,” Austin said. “I have to answer to him, and he has to answer to me, and that's it. We don't care about the outside world, and, even though it can be harsh out there, we just have to deal with it.”
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