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Pitbull: How my mum influenced me

Musician Pitbull is determined to set a good example for his children.

Rapper Pitbull's mother refused to see him until he left his drug dealing ways behind.

The 34-year-old musician was raised by his Cuban mum in Miami, Florida, after his parents separated when he was young. Pitbull has previously revealed his mother kicked him out of their home after discovering he was up to no good on the streets. Now he has gone into more detail about the reasoning behind her decision.

"My mom goes to me, 'I don't want to see you until your figure out what you're going to do. What you are out there doing, that is short money. You can't even pay for attorneys, and you're going to end up in prison. I already lived this life with your father, but you are a grown man now, and you can make your own decisions,'" he recalled to People magazine.

The star didn't feel scolded or punished; in fact, he felt as though he'd been given a new lease of life and an incentive to change his ways. It was his mum's stern words that woke him up and made him realise he needed to get his act together.

Now he's enjoying success with his music, landing hits including Timber featuring Kesha and Time of Our Lives with Ne-Yo. Pitbull also has his family to think of and tries to be an inspiration to his children.

"The most important thing in being a father is leading by example," he added. "That woman (my mother) made me a man. She taught me how to survive, and I want to teach my kids that. Why? Because I don't want them to feel like they've got to live in my shadow."

He has big dreams for his brood, insisting they're going to be bigger, badder, stronger and smarter than he's ever been.

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