July 7th, 2011
01:52 PM ET
Bow Wow, born Shad Moss, is definitely all grown up: The 24-year-old actor and rapper confirms in a letter to his fans on his website that he's the father of a baby girl.
Bow Wow explains that he's kept quiet about becoming a father because he was nervous about how fans would take the news, but adds that he wanted to be honest about what's really going on in his life.
"I felt as if i had no purpose to live (Thinking selfishly) until god gave me the illest gift of my life," he writes, adding that "nothing amounts to my lil girl."
He goes on, "My lil girl is getting BIG fast. i love every minute of it. She inspires me to go harder.Even made me treat my mother better, its like it made me into a man over night."
And while he's tweeted a photo of the designer wear his daughter sports, fans shouldn't expect snapshots of his daughter, since he says he wants her to be able to "have everything I didn't."
Having started his career at an early age, Bow Wow says, "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." He admits that "For the past 3 years i been batteling [sic] life. Even thought about taking my own. I felt like as a kid i did everything and saw everything too fast which spoiled my adult years."
But as of now, the rapper is looking forward to the future, and focusing on positivity, he writes. He's also got a documentary in the works, "Who Is Shad Moss," that will unveil more of what life has been like for the artist.
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