Daughter`s illness saved my marriage: Snoop Dogg

Last Updated: Jul 08, 2010, 13:48 PM IST

London: Rapper Snoop Dogg says his daughter`s illness had helped in bringing him closer to his wife Shante.

The rap superstar, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, filed for divorce from his wife of seven years in 2004, citing irreconcilable differences. However, they reunited months later, prompting Snoop to withdraw the legal petition. They renewed their vows in 2008.

The turning point in their relationship, he says, came when their young daughter Cori was diagnosed with the life-threatening disease lupus in 2005, reports femalefirst.co.uk.

"That`s what it boiled down to. Cori`s lupus showed us we need to be together forever.

My daughter is the love of my life. When she`d lay in bed saying, `My brain hurts`, it bothered me so much. I felt helpless... (But) she`s the toughest little thing I`ve ever met, even with the needles," said Snoop Dogg.

Shante said: "Without (Snoop), I don`t know what I`d have done. It`s amazing how this all turned out. We were gonna get a divorce. But we wouldn`t have gotten through it (the lupus diagnosis) that way."

However, Cori has managed to keep her lupus under control to enjoy a normal childhood.

Her proud father adds, "She`s on the honour roll, playing volleyball and softball, living life. She has all this joy. In the beginning, lupus was winning. But now Cori is."