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EXCLUSIVE: Iggy Azalea’s Former Mentor T.I. Was Surprised by Nick Young Split: 'They Were Kinda Glued Together'

by Sophie Schillaci 5:00 PM PDT, June 24, 2016
Playing EXCLUSIVE: Iggy Azalea’s Former Mentor T.I. Was Surprised by Nick Young Split: 'They Were Kinda Glued Together'

"Whatever decision she's made, she's probably dead-set headstrong about it. It'll progress however she sees fit."

T.I. is chiming in on Iggy Azalea's recent split from ex-fiance Nick Young, telling ET in an exclusive interview that he was surprised to hear the news.

"Nick was a cool guy as far as I saw," he said. "They were kinda glued together. Ever since they came together, I rarely saw her without him or vice versa."

WATCH: Nick Young Sings a Very Telling Drake Song After Iggy Azalea Calls Off Engagement 

The 35-year-old rapper famously worked with Iggy as her longtime mentor before the pair cut ties in September 2015. T.I. said he hasn't spoken to Iggy about the breakup, but he's "absolutely" wishing her well.

"The last time I spoke to Iggy was about the completion of her album and how far along she had come," he said. "You know, when you're in people's lives professionally and personally, what I try to do is stay away from religion, relationships and politics depending on who the person is. That's something so personal to someone, you can't really advise them. You can't advise someone on how they feel. You can advise someone on how they should think, but not how they feel."

T.I. continued to say that he has heard "some" of Iggy's new material. "I think she's making a natural progression and that she's deciding to enter into a new sound," he carefully commented.

Meanwhile, T.I. is working on his 10th studio album, Dime Trap, due out later this year, featuring his current single, "Dope."

"I'm pretty far along. Right now we're sequencing, mixing, mastering," he teased. "'Dope' definitely bridges the gap between the staple T.I. trap music-ish records and the diversified sound that I've grown into. I think that 'Dope' kinda gives you a bit of both."

"Dope" is produced by Dr. Dre and features vocals from the late Aaliyah, as well as Marsha Ambrosius.

"It has been done before, it just hadn't been done by Dr. Dre," he said of the Aaliyah tribute. "I think that's kind of the ultimate, if you will."

The track comes less than a year after Timbaland promised that never-before-heard tracks from Aaliyah would continue to be released in the near future. Asked whether he had any additional intel, T.I. teased with a laugh, "I will not confirm nor deny any of those statements. I just know that the world would be pleased to hear it, as I would." 

In the meantime, T.I. is returning to the small screen on his hit reality show, T.I. & Tiny: The Family Hustle, kicking off its new season on Monday, July 18, at 9 p.m. ET/PT on VH1.

WATCH: T.I. and Tiny's Glamorous Baby Shower Is a 'Royal Affair' 

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