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Shad Moss, formerly known as Bow Wow, opened up about his battle with depression and he hints that he may have been a victim of domestic abuse. The pint-size rapper-turned-actor says he went through a "life-changing moment" when he was jailed after being arrested along with his girlfriend on assault charges.

Shad was arrested by Atlanta PD officers during Super Bowl weekend, after his on-again/off-again girlfriend Leslie "Kiyomi" Holden called police. The 32-year-old "Face Off" rapper was charged with "battery substantial physical harm," despite the fact that Kiyomi’s claws were embedded in his face.

Officers also handcuffed Kiyomi and charged her with assaulting the 5-2 rapper.

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In an interview with Real 92.3 LA's Big Boy's Neighborhood, Bow Wow opened up about the situation, suggesting that he was the real victim, not his ex-girlfriend.

Shad insists he was wrongfully arrested, and his time in jail had a dramatic effect on him. He suggested he was the victim of domestic abuse, and his now infamous mugshot backs him up.

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"First of all, I shouldn't have been locked up period," said Shad who is out on bond. The pictures, you saw that. The pictures say it all... He said being in jail made him realize he needed to end the abuse.

"When I was in that cell it was a life-changing moment for me. I felt as far as my own self, I needed that. I needed that moment to think, to understand who I was."

The "Bounce with Me" star also admitted that the scandal was the latest incident in a very difficult year for him.

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Opening up about his battle with depression, he explained: "I was depressed. I was going through it. I wanted to tell people you can have the most money in the world and it don't really heal you. I was going through a lot last year. Not even career-wise. I was going through a lot of things personally."

Photos by Prince Williams/Wireimage, Prince Williams/ATLPics.net

  • Blaque Mahogany

    "When I was in that cell it was a life-changing moment for me. I felt as far as my own self, I needed that. I needed that moment to think, to understand who I was."
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    He's so dramatic. He acts like he did a 15 yr bid. Anyways, I'm glad he took those two hours to reflect. Hopefully, he can get his life together.

  • Topic Influencer

    Glad you getting help Shad. Dats all I got. Next case https://media2.giphy.com/media/mXuPwUFXBWc4vWn3wI/giphy.gif

  • Kim’s Original Face

    Bow Wow has turned into a fashion nova model.

    Is he over 30 he still has a lot of growing up to do. He is just so damn corny to me. smh

  • Rayne

    That lil hour in jail did all that ?

  • Topic Influencer

    Oh wait. Finished reading. He like aint got ish yet. Welp. Get help Shad.

  • Yardgirl

    Dramatic AF!! Sit you tiny ass down sir!!

  • Yardgirl

    Right!! Not even enough time to see a movie, but go head famewhore!

  • I Run New York

    That pretending to be on a private plain shit was pathetic.

  • bemetoo

    Really??? Well that lol minute in jail exposed who we already knew you were...ole lil bih azz..

  • Yardgirl

    Theeee most cringe worthy thing I have ever seen!!

  • jujumanji

    I'm not trying to spend no time In anyone's cell so good for him. I don't care if it was just 15mins that's long enough for someone of his celebrity and history to realize that's not the place he should end up with all the blessings and opportunities he's been given. Good for you Shad working on self care and self love.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I'm still suffering from second hand embarrassment.

  • I Run New York

    He can't take the fact that he's irrelevant now.

  • Keyshia Ray

    Ummm one second would do it for me.

  • Blaque Mahogany

    I actually heard a snippet from a new song of his and it honestly was not bad at all (to me). Idk where he went wrong. I think it's partially our fault because we never took him seriously as an adult. But, IMO he's just as talented as these other rappers that are out now. He's just incredibly lame.

  • TriniHarlem

    Hell I spent 30 mins in booking and that was ENOUGH for me. I'm not no rich spoil brat so I get it. Continue seeking help. All I got

  • Kim’s Original Face

    I forgot all about that.. Extra Corny points added!

  • SpiceGirl

    After BINGE watching his little show.....I will say this.....Shad DEF needs some help...I hope he gets the much needed help.

  • Coy little wink

    J Cole said money won't erase the pain Sir...

    Get help

  • Elevated Soul

    Bow Wow is constantly looking for attention and sympathy. He has the Napoleon Complex real bad and yes he did start that nonsense @ The Battery and I know this for a fact........

  • Renee26

    5'2 dang.... Yeah we could tell he was going through some changes. Depression...whew stay of social media acting a fool and try not to take it out on other people. Shiiid had me talkin bout yo goofy ass and you were depressed. Had I known that maybe I wouldn't have laughed and shook my head so much.

  • Renee26

    His lil show ?

  • AveIvy

    Extremely dramatic! His ass barely spent a weekend in a local jail. That clown wasn't even in the county.

    Somebody needs to tell him to stop playing the victim because we all saw that elevator video of him snatching on that girl and getting in her face.

  • Renee26

    ?

  • Renee26

    And trying to fight the producer's of the show

  • Nita Pie

    He just need to get on tour and start rapping all that old stuff that his now grown fans love him for. He wouldnt have so many problems if he was occupied doing something productiv. I love Shad

  • BEANTOWN BULLI

    This little man was in jail/county???for 2 hours boy go sit down, and stay away from key boards of any type ??

  • Nita Pie

    2 hrs too long, hell 2 minutes is enough for a jail stranger. I was broke down with suspended DL and thought I was about to do real time just getting fingerprinted LOL

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    Chad has always seemed like a troubled/unhappy dude to me. And he seems to have poor judgment in the types of women he chooses too.
    Let's hope the man finds peace.

  • Yardgirl

    Right!!!

  • Yoni7

    I just want to know what skin regimen he used to make those scars go away so fast. https://media3.giphy.com/media/l4JyX3V0yydvPHNBe/giphy.gif

  • Yardgirl

    Exactly!! And unfortunately with the advent of Instagram and the Influencers that rule, his time has truly passed.

  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    It's a shame that we've seen some of these rappers going in and out of jail and it doesn't seem to bother them too much.
    Got millions in the bank and you're spending the night in a jail cell with criminals. SMH ?. Never made sense to me.

  • Yoni7

    That's right, Shad. Boycott jails like.... https://media0.giphy.com/media/l0OWistc2HUjf6PKM/giphy.gif

  • BEANTOWN BULLI

    Lmao when you put it like that!!! ??? I member when I was like 16 was put in back of patty wagon, shit I was more scared of my mama finding out than actually being put in damn wagon!!!

  • SpiceGirl

    His name is Lil bow wow...wait....it just BOW WOW now....lmao

  • Guest

    I think he chooses his women based on their looks alone.

  • LeeSeeCee

    Own your sh*t Shad. Period. Don't act as if you weren't a participant in what landed your little behind in jail. Just...
    https://media1.giphy.com/media/lRmjNrQZkKVuE/giphy.gif

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  • Mr.LeBrickJames

    True. A lot of these dudes do that. Nothing wrong with wanting a pretty woman, but there are a lot of good-looking women out there who are not Instagram models, groupies, and clout chasers. Hopefully he'll learn soon enough.

  • Shamwow

    Makeup this diva has no shame.

  • jwoo250

    I heard cum is good for the skin..lol IJS

  • ShWa

    True, distance yourself from women, and people who mean u no good and you'll be fine.....

  • Guest

    Yup! I wish him luck and peace.

  • Soon2BWife

    You don’t have the most money in the world tho, what are you even talkin bout lil bow wow? In the words of Andrew Caldwell he is Deluserin!

  • Nita Pie
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  • Jordan’s Memory

    lol right. we saw the video of you all up in that girls face when she was trying to walk away. This time you had a chick who fought back and whip ur lil ass.

  • Shamwow

    Shid all I need is the threat of jail to scare me straight. Not for the violence because I can become savage if necessary but, a sistah like me need amenities to survive. Scented candles, hot azz water, fluffy blankets, towels etc. clean clothes, tea. Etc https://media2.giphy.com/media/LTDIHvmBgc7TiBORAy/giphy-downsized-medium.gif

  • Yardgirl

    That video told theeee entire story!!

  • Shamwow
  • Jordan’s Memory

    Not to mention most importantly FREEDOM to come and go as you damn well please!

  • Shamwow
  • Shamwow

    And the attention she gets. Smh

  • Jordan’s Memory

    I was thinking the same thing. lol He always does that tho be on guhh talking bout how powerful he is. boy stop! just stop it!!! OMG! I don't even see what woman see in him it's like fuking a child. he looks and acts like a damn child.

  • Mama Dee’s Wig Maker

    I went to a jail and a prison for these meetings and babay!! I was shooketh! Let me tell you what happened. We were on a site visit for my old job and one of the vendors wanted to see the med ward. Now I all ready have the heebeejeebees and one of the med ward inmates got out, how I have no idea, and walked past me just to say hello. Like he was close close to me...when I tell you I had my pen ready to stab his ass in the neck if he tried me. I was on edge the whole time. They hurried up and put his ass back in his cell. Jail aint for me.

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  • Jordan’s Memory

    LMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jordan’s Memory

    I can't take a man seriously when his feet don't touch the ground when he sits down. smdh

  • Christopher Gibson

    I definitely understand!!!!!!! I was in Central Booking lockup for a total of 17 hours fro driving on a suspended license! You would've thought I was on death row...horrible experience. And when I hear people say they've been and don't mind going back- be my guest!

  • Alextra Ballard

    Lmaooo@dat gif

  • Yoni7

    I'm asexual. But thanks.

  • Yoni7

    He doesn't have any visible scars.

  • Lady_Elle

    He definitely has a type.

  • T Willis

    Lmfao @ a jail stranger

  • Alextra Ballard

    This lil cake topper craves attention,I honestly thinks he suffers from low self esteem...folks needs to show the cake topper some love

  • T Willis

    Yeah Bow isn’t a bad rapper at all. He definitely has some catchy tunes in his archive. Yeah, we definitely never took him seriously lol. He was like that cute adorable little guy that could spit a few cute rhymes lol. But there’s no room in the rap industry for his brand of cute corniness lol. Maybe he needs a good detox & a strong management team.

  • Rayscoty

    Did he find a man? What exactly changed his life

  • Maxx

    Well to a young man that has lived a privileged life his whole life, I guess I can see how a few hours locked up after having your butt kicked by a female could have you rethinking your existence. Lol. Hey at least he's having positive thoughts & you can tell he has been out of sorts & depressed. The first step is recognizing you need help.

  • Prince Zuko

    A holding cell is not jail so ..... Yeah

  • KcoolMuziq

    Having major stardom at a young age messes with your mind when U grow up. But I feel his issues go deeper than that, something traumatic happened to him as a child.
    I will say Shad(whom I worked with twice) was the most charismatic,approachable, well mannered,professional, good looking child star I ever worked with. Years later I worked with him as an adult and was just as charismatic and just as good looking.

  • Solstice

    ???

  • Miss Thang

    He sounds like my brother after beating his wife’s ass. He is the real victim smh ??

  • Miss Thang

    Lol

  • JazzyBossyJen

    Lmao that title though..Helped open him up to drop the soap?

  • Renee26

    ? I'm picturing his feet swinging

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  • Rayne

    I’d be hollering.

  • Rayne

    Right!

  • Knocked Kneed and Pigeon Toed

    Bow is one of those delusional celebs that doesn't realize that their time has passed. He went from being a famous child rapper, the king of 106 and park, did some acting and now is a reality star. He had a decent career and I think the reality of things is getting to him. That's why he keeps so much chaos around him because it forces him to deflect his true pain when he needs to reflect on life and find peace. At some point he needs to come to terms with whatever he's battling and deal with it.

  • datjerk

    Wasnt he in jail for like 4 hrs?

  • Trace da Ace

    lmao!!!! DENNNZEELLLLLLLL......my love!!!!

  • Trace da Ace

    Dear Shad,

    What is your problem?? Why can't you be humble and sit your tiny ass down somewhere? You was in a holding cell for all of, what...2-3 hours?? Was you in general population?? Was you part of the chain gang?? NO!! Your ass got locked up cause you thought ol' girl was gonna let you smack her...and instead she whopped your ass.....I know...feelings hurt....you got some cat scratches on your face....so now you big mad??? SHUT UP!! Go find a nice quite corner....and have several seats...nobody feels pity for you...moving along-->

  • QueDawg6

    Lol he was on a holding pen for hours! Someone got his booty that quick? I was changed ? got damn Fleece (Booty Warrior)works fast!! Damn you Fleece ??

  • GrambosTheHealer

    Are they still together? That's crazy.

  • http://www.pureromance.com LA

    I was in a holding cell/ jail for all of 45mins to an hour... Being in that situation was pure hell... I am not bout that life.. No bueno .

  • Prince Zuko

    ???

  • http://www.pureromance.com LA

    Lol?

  • Let them eat cake

    he really needs to get back into acting he's good at that. I think he would be successful.

  • http://www.pureromance.com LA

    I feel you but It ain't mu fault, lol.. His arrogance and complex is his downfall..

  • Laronda Turner

    The "Bounce With Me Star" lol. I still got love for Bow Wow.....

  • stav

    This attention whorre was in jail for 5 min, give us a break!

  • Guest©

    Bio oil works for me.

  • KLo

    Go sit your a## down

  • Logan Roberts

    This lil nutcracker here ?

  • Li-Wright

    He already did he confessional on Dr. Oz.

  • http://www.pureromance.com LA

    Lol.. I can laugh about it now, but then....

  • pure_rachet

    How much did you get paid to say that? Lol

  • Daffanyrose

    Pint size ????

  • mzwhang90210

    If he's going to be tussling & stuff, he needs to stop dating regular sized women.
    Shad, getchu a Little Woman!!
    https://media0.giphy.com/media/8Mirx29jEUOHK/giphy.gif

  • MNjumpoffacliff

    Lol

  • MNjumpoffacliff

    Hopefully he's seeking help and discovering why he keeps blocking his own blessings.

  • mzwhang90210

    He strikes me as a narcissist. They don't usually seek help girl, bc they are convinced the problem is with others.

  • Sistergirl

    But he doesn’t have the most money?

  • Crazy tee

    If it was hard to do a couple of hours then imagine him doing years...he better straighten up

  • BEANTOWN BULLI

    Lmao @ amenities to survive????scented candles!!!

  • Miss Thang

    Lol