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T-Pain blew $40 million, had to borrow money for Burger King

USA TODAY logo USA TODAY 6 days ago Maeve McDermott
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T-Pain is opening up about his money problems, and although the singer claims he's currently financially stable, he had some major issues at one point.

For a while, as he told the hosts of the Breakfast Club during an appearance on their show last week, he had to ask for money to buy basic necessities.

a man wearing a costume and holding a sign © Provided by USA TODAY, a division of Gannett Satellite Information Network, Inc. "I had to borrow money to get my kids Burger King," he said, estimating that, at the peak of his financial woes, he'd blown through $40 million.

T-Pain (real name: Faheem Rasheed Najm) blamed "a lot of bad investments" for his struggles, also calling out his manager for making less-than-optimal spending decisions. 

"I was letting my manager do it and he was way more optimistic than I was," the 33-year-old singer said. "He would just buy complete dumps and think that we can just paint and then we should be fine. Never sold anything that we bought."

Earlier this year, T-Pain came out on top as the inaugural winner of Fox’s “The Masked Singer,” telling USA TODAY that the wacky monster costume he wore throughout the singing competition helped convince him to take part in the show.

“I didn’t really get into it until I saw the choices for the costume. Once I saw Monster, I was like, ‘I just want to wear that thing.’ I wasn't going to pass by that Monster,” he said. “I got into the (competition) just to wear the costume. As long as I got to wear it once, I was fine. … I didn’t think I was going to get past the first episode."

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