Stone Mountain, Georgia actor/rapper Childish Gambino caused concern amongst fans last month when he posted images of several letters on his Instagram page. In the handwritten letters, the wordsmith primarily expressed concern for the future, including the upcoming release of his new album, because the internet.
Following concern over the release of the letters, Childish Gambino turned to his Twitter account to address his thoughts on depression. And during an appearance on the Juan Epstein podcast this week, he admitted to being depressed and also expressed his belief that most people feel the same way.
“I’m just lost, man…Absolutely,” said the rapper when asked if he’s at all depressed. “But I don’t think mine is more important than—I feel like everyone else feels the exact same way…I don’t think we’re really doing or connecting with people.”
Childish Gambino spoke further on last month’s Instagram incident as he commented on the need for individuals to fix his situation.
“With the Instagram stuff I was a little mad cause like everybody was just trying to make me into something—like trying to close it up,” he said. “Everybody was being like ‘Oh here. This is okay. Like you’re fine. Not a crisis. Here, take these pills you’ll feel—‘ Like everybody was trying to fix it and I don’t like, I didn’t like—like fix how I feel. That’s the thing, I don’t think it was, but it went places. I posted some letters on Instagram that I wrote after a show and then people were like ‘Donald’s depressed or suicidal’…The people don’t want to be vulnerable. And that’s the thing, that’s just me. I was like ‘Man, I’m insecure. I know me. I’m just gonna let it out.’”
The rapper also offered his thoughts on friend and fellow artist, Jhene Aiko. He denied being in a relationship with the Los Angeles songstress, who appears alongside Gambino on “Bed Peace,” and offered a little insight into the singer’s artistry.
“And this is kinda why like I love her. I think she’s special. She doesn’t need anyone,” said Childish Gambino. “Like that’s the thing. Even if we were together, she wouldn’t really belong to me. She doesn’t belong to anything and I would know that. And that’s the thing, I’ve never had to deal with that…She’s off in her own world. I remember I was talking to her about music and we were just talking and chilling and she was like, ‘I make songs. I just write songs and I make music. That’s it.’”
Childish Gambino’s appearance on the Juan Epstein show comes weeks before the scheduled release of his second studio album, because the internet. The album is currently slated for released on December 10.