Andre 3000 Talks Having Anxiety, Parenting, & Dealing With Fame

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Andre got real in a new interview

Andre 3000 gave an incredible interview to GQ Style earlier this week. In the profile and accompanying photo shoot that includes Andre’s own bootleg Anita Baker clothes, the rapper offers a glimpse into his very regular life.

Given that many rap fans see Andre as a literal alien — a rap mystic who descended upon Atlanta rather than grew up in it — it was interesting to hear from an older Andre who is every inch an average Joe. You know, just with a lot more money and clout than usual.

Three Stacks talked about his struggles with anxiety and having to live as a person set apart from what everyone else experiences. He said that the only way to deal with his mental health issues was to spend time around other folks, even though his head was telling him to hole up. The Outkast rapper revealed:

“I was in all three holes. I was in a creative hole, a personal hole, and I was still not dealing with my mom’s and my father’s deaths. And really, I don’t know if I have still. You know: Just push that away. The problem with being successful is you can do whatever you do times ten. And no one to stop you. You can easily go down the wrong path and you get into that place. And the thing that brings you out is other people.


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