On the Season 2 Premier of Katie Couric’s “Katie” talk show, which will be aired Monday, September 9 , Wayne sits down with Katie to talk about several topics, including whether he regrets dropping out of high school.
“Not at all. I mean, kids, finish high school…And all my kids, you are finishing high school,” explained a serious Wayne.
During the interview Wayne revealed that his mother was the one who told him to drop out, out og concern for the then-up -and-coming star’s safety.
“But my mom. It was my mom’s idea. I had an album out. I was platinum already, thank God. I was still trying to go to regular public school, and she saw me getting ready for school one day, and she was walking past the room, and…she was talking on the phone with someone, just talkin’ loud, and she saw me putting my gun in my backpack. And she said, ‘You gotta bring that to school with you?’ And I remember asking, ‘You don’t want me to bring it?’ And she thought about it, she said, ‘I do.’ So I put it back in my bag, and she said, ‘You’re right. Bring it.’ Because she bought it for me for protection. She was like, ‘You do need it.’ She was still on the phone, it wasn’t two minutes later, she walked back to my room, she said, ‘You don’t go to school no more. You gettin’ a GED,’ and I was like, ‘Okay.’”
He also added, “She was like, ‘If that’s the way you gotta go to school, you on TV right now, tell Baby and them, get you your GED.’ So I went and got a GED, and I went to college,”
Wayne also talked about the way he was treated during his one-year prison sentence for his gun and drug charges.
Weezy described that, while the other inmates treated him good, they weren’t starstruck for long. “It’s jail. So for the first twenty seconds, thirty seconds, they’re like, ‘Oh my God, it’s really him.’ Then it’s back to jail, quick. The reality of where you’re at clicks right back in, so you’re like, ‘Yeah, okay.’”