Yes, the man who set the world on fire with his smooth sounds and heart racing lyrics is back on his grind after years of mysteriously disappearing, living lost in addiction, letting that sexy body fall apart.
A dark cloud loomed over his life for years, forcing him to live like a hermit without close friends and family. Drugs took over his lifestyle and weight gain was incredible. Not to mention the man endured a car accident caused by his drunkenness that nearly killed him.
He was on his way back to stardom, but his wreck turned off several music executives, pushing him farther down the rabbit hole of despair. Even Clive Davis rescinded his decision to signing D’Angelo to a $3 million contract.
But he’s back and sober after failing two stints in rehab. Although he’s not what he once was in his younger days, the sultry singer is looking good and quite well at 38, reports GQ.
“I didn’t really think I had a problem like that,” he said. “I felt like, you know, all I got to do is clean up and I’ll be fine. Just get in the studio and I’ll be f*cking fine.”
What brought him to the light was the tragic passing of producer J Dilla in 2006. The two had just spoken on the phone, when just like that, his friend was gone after losing the battle against lupus.
“I felt like I was going to be next. I ain’t bullshi**ing. I was scared then,” he says, recalling how shame engulfed him, preventing him from attending the funeral. “I was so f**ked-up, I couldn’t go.”
He further described his battle against principalities, mentioning he felt a dark side pulling him to a place he never wanted to know.
Check out the full interview at GQ.
Watch D’Angelo’s behind the scenes video for his GQ feature: