Rachel Ritfield, who was set to become Mrs Thiam or wife number four to the R&B star Akon, has hit the road, saying that she wants one man. "I'm not a bad person, I don't do anything to hurt anybody else so why can't I be one of those women who have a normal relationship and have a family?," she tells The Voice about the break up of her relationship with Akon. The 5'11" model who was the face of street label Akademiks, added that she couldn't walk up the aisle and exchange vows, despite being in love with the Senegalese singer. Ritfield feared that he could later meet wife number five, which would no longer make her his favorite - and hearing the news about the birth of his fifth child to one of his other wives, woke her up from a two-year love dream. "The reality check really came when Akon told me he had his fifth child with one of his wives. For the first few months I got completely freaked out because even though I knew he had other wives, I never really thought about him being with them because his main attention was always on me - or so I thought.” "He does not live with his wives but the birth of his latest child made everything become real and made me realize that I would always have to share the man I love while accepting his other relationships.” "At first I was very supportive but I began to question that if I was taking him into consideration and he was taking his family into consideration, who was taking me into consideration? The answer was 'nobody' so I decided I could no longer be apart of Akon's world." Ritfield, who came from a violent abusive past, says Akon was like a breath of fresh air for her. "Nothing was an issue," she says. "I came from a past that was very dramatic and scary into a relationship that appeared to be perfect." "There was never any friction. Akon was honest with me about his mutiple wives from the start, which never got in the way of our relationship because his wives live in various parts of the world, so I thought why fix it if it's not broken? But now I have a had a complete change of heart." The 23-year-old model says Akon told her how much he loved her and called her 'his lady' promising that she would be his last wife and whatever she wanted he would grant. Speaking openly about her feelings over her break up with the Grammy award winner, Racheal added: "Akon's love and attention was not enough. I want a lot more from a man - I need him to be active in my life not passive.” Still mending a broken heart, the former face of Miss Reggae Gold is determined to be positive about her situation. "It's not Akon's fault," she says. "He is only following his cultural and religious tradition and I had to decide whether I wanted to be a part of his customs. In the end I chose to walk away. I wish him all the best and I hope that we can still remain friends."
R&B singer Akon pleaded not guilty today (Dec. 3) in Fishkill, N.Y., to criminal charges filed against him after he threw a fan off the stage at a June concert. The “Sorry, Blame It On Me” singer was released on his own accord following his brief court appearance in the Dutchess County, New York. He was charged with misdemeanor endangering the welfare of a minor and second-degree harassment, a violation. As reported here, Akon was charged after a fan said she suffered a concussion when a teenage boy he threw off the stage fell on her during the June 3 concert at the local minor league baseball stadium. The case was adjourned until January. Billboard reports that a town justice told Akon that his lawyer can stand in for him at future court appearances and he does not have to appear. Akon did not comment as he left the courthouse. "It was never Akon's intention to violate the law," the singer's Manhattan lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said in a written statement released to the media. "This unfortunate incident was a spontaneous reaction during a live concert that Akon deeply regrets."
Block Royal Entertainment, the label that kick started multi-platinum R&B singer Akon, was raided by Jersey City Police yesterday and yielded over 700 grams of cocaine and crack, $30,000, four handguns, hollow-point ammunition, four vehicles, and a bulletproof vest, according to Hudson County Prosecutor Edward DeFazio. The studio was founded by Akon's former road manager Robert "Screw" Montanez, who was murdered in 2004 in a confrontation with a man trying to rob Capone of Capone-N-Noreaga. Akon, whose early career was promoted via Block Royal, was with Montanez at the time of his death. According to DeFazio, Block Royal's music business side was an alleged front for a drug operation. Jersey City police had been casing the headquarters for over six months before the time of the raid, part of a sting op they called "Operation Royal Flush." Nine men were arrested and face both state and federal drug distribution charges. Source: Vibe
R&B singer Akon has echoed music mogul Russell Simmons' call for hip-hop to be censored for broadcast, declaring the urban scene is "talented enough to write lyrics" without curse words. Simmons believes recording and broadcasting authorities shoulder censor the words n***er, b***hes and 'hos from hip-hop, which has caused controversy within the urban music industry. Akon agrees the words are negative and there's no need for their placing in hit songs. He says, "I think words like that are not necessarily needed in the song to make it a hit. "Me personally, I would have no problem getting rid of it, words on any record for anybody, I think we are talented enough to write lyrics for songs without using that type of language. I think it's a good thing for the positivity of hip-hop in general. "And at the same time, I look at it like, words in general, stuff like that, words are only what you make it. At the end of the day, it's just a word - it wouldn't mean anything if we didn't react on it, so it's more of a mindstate, people just have to be willing to change." In other Akon news, British police recently shut down a party when he decided to bring his whole concert after party back to his London hotel suite. A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police confirmed the incident, adding, "Police attended and a 25-year-old woman was taken to Fulham police station, where she was issued with a penalty notice for disorder." However Akon was not put off by the police intervention, smirking, "All my parties are wild."
R&B singer Akon was celebrating after being a big winner at the World Music Awards.. The superstar's worldwide record sales secured him the R&B artist award - ahead of Fergie, Beyonce Knowles, Timbaland and Rihanna. He was also crowned Africa's Best-Selling Artist and the World's Best-Selling Internet Artist. Akon said: "You are witness to seeing me receive any kind of award for music the first time in my life." Rihanna - who performed at the show - won Female Entertainer of the Year. She defeated chart rivals Beyonce and Shakira to be named the World's Best-Selling Pop Female Artist. World Music Awards 2007 list of winners: Legend Award for Outstanding Contribution to R+B: Patti LaBelle Legend Award for Outstanding Contribution to Music: Celine Dion World's Best-Selling New Artist: Mika World's Best-Selling Pop/Rock Male Artist: Mika World's Best-Selling Pop/Rock Female Artist: Avril Lavigne World's Best-Selling Rap/Hip-Hop Artist: 50 Cent World's Best-Selling Rock Group: Linkin Park World's Best-Selling R+B Artist: Akon World's Best-Selling Pop Female Artist: Rihanna World's Best-Selling DJ: David Guetta World's Best-Selling Latin Artist: ManaMale Entertainer of the Year: Mika Female Entertainer of the Year: Rihanna World's Best-Selling Internet Artist: Akon