"It didn't surprise me that he showed up," Wright tells PEOPLE exclusively about her relationship with her rapper ex

By Elaine Aradillas
Updated August 18, 2016 06:00 PM
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The morning after reality star Toya Wright learned her brothers had been shot to death in New Orleans, her ex-husband Lil Wayne flew in to support her and her family, she says.

“It didn’t surprise me that he showed up,” Wright tells PEOPLE exclusively about her relationship with her rapper ex. “We’re still very, very close.”

The couple, married for nearly two years before splitting in 2006, raised Ryan “Rudy” Johnson, one of Wright’s brothers who were gunned down inside a vehicle on July 31. Another brother Joshua “Fish” Johnson also died at the scene. New Orleans police officials say it’s an ongoing investigation.

Wright and Lil Wayne have a 17-year-old daughter named Reginae Carter. Wright says Reginae, who grew up with Ryan, was devastated after hearing the news.

“[Lil Wayne’s] daughter needed him and he was there,” Wright says. “He calls and checks on us all the time.”

The burial was difficult for everyone. Lil Wayne did not attend because he didn’t want it turning into a “media thing,” she says. “He really can’t handle funerals. Neither can I,” she continues. “It was so hard to see my two brothers in caskets. I had nightmares afterward. It was so hard.”

For more on how Toya is healing, pick up the latest issue of PEOPLE, on newsstands Friday.

The New York Times best-selling author has been trying to stay busy since she buried her brothers on Aug. 5. She appears on WeTV’s Marriage Boot Camp and is preparing to release a memoir next month, titled In My Own Words.

Although recent events have made life overwhelming at times, Wright is reminded of the importance of family.

“Me and my daughter both wish we had one more day to say, ‘I love you.'”