Bow Wow reveals he has a baby girl

bow-wow-gi.jpgRapper Bow Wow has revealed that he's a new father.

The 24-year-old hip-hop artist and actor ("Lottery Ticket," "Entourage") says in a "fan letter" on his website that he has a baby girl, Shai. He had previously denied reports that he and ex-girlfriend Joie Chavis had a child together, but he's coming clean now.

"I waited so long to tell yall the truth because I was nervous on how yall would look at me," Bow Wow writes. "Yall know everyone makes a big deal out of everything I do. I wanted to be 1st n let yall know the real. My lil girl is getting BIG fast. I love every minute of it."

He credits his daughter for having "made me into a man overnight" and even says he had considered taking his own life until Shai was born. He also says he won't be posting any pictures of her.

"I want my boo boo to have everything I didn't," Bow Wow writes. "Want her to be able to cheerlead with her lil friends without some a**hole sticking his camera all in my lil girl face. I know how fame is. I missed out on so much that I now know how important it is to cherish and have those things in your life."

Shai lives with her mom -- which Bow Wow isn't too happy about, but which he's trying to take in stride: "I neva trip. Jus gotta suck it up, keep chin high and try not [to] let her get the best of my feelings by playin' them stupid games."

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