Professor Green EXCLUSIVE: Rapper says he has found fame ‘imposing’

Professor Green EXCLUSIVE: Rapper says he has found fame ‘imposing’

Professor Green EXCLUSIVE: Rapper says he has found fame ‘imposing’ over the years as he reveals how he deals with internet trolls

By Sean O’grady For Mailonline

Published: 15:42, 19 September 2019 | Updated: 15:44, 19 September 2019

Professor Green has told how he has found fame quite ‘imposing’ at times since he first found success with his debut album in 2010.

The rapper, 35, whose real name is Stephen Manderson, realised how much fame had changed his everyday life on a recent trip to Morocco where he was hardly recognised.

Speaking exclusive to MailOnline, he said: ‘It (fame) probably highlighted a few things. I can’t go to a coffee shop without being recognised.

Interview: Professor Green, 35, has told how he has found fame quite ‘imposing’ at times since he first found success with his debut album in 2010 (pictured in February 2019)

‘I went away to Morocco recently and I only got recognised once. I was able to just walk around and do things.

‘People see in London an awful lot. At times it can be quite imposing if I’m at dinner. I wouldn’t interrupt someone at dinner.

‘I’ve only asked two people for selfies. One was Ricky Gervais as a joke because he doesn’t like taking selfies and the other was Lewis Capaldi.’

Professor Green also spoke about his experience with internet trolls, saying he is mentally ‘strong’ and is not effected by what naysayers write.

In demand: Speaking exclusive to MailOnline, he said: ‘It (fame) probably highlighted a few things. I can’t go to a coffee shop without being recognised’ (pictured in November 2018)

‘I don’t get much anymore. For me, any problems, I’m quite strong in my head. If you listen to the stuff trolls say, that has an effect on your head,’ he said.

Many celebrities have spoken about their experience with internet trolls but Professor Green insisted it’s important people do not try to seek validation from the online world.

‘I don’t use the internet as a source of validation,’ he said. They might have read one article or seen one interview and they have an idea of you but they don’t know you.

‘If you eat at McDonalds every day, that’s bad for your health. Looking at c**p on the internet all day is the same.’

Hate: Professor Green also spoke about his experience with internet trolls, saying he is mentally ‘strong’ and is not effected by what naysayers write (pictured in September 2019)

Professor Green’s most recent album, Growing Up In Public, was released in 2014 while he released an EP, Matters of the Heart, earlier this year.

After a break from music, the star told how it is is main focusing for the forseeable future.

‘The response (to the EP) has been phenomenal. It’s nice after all these years to still be relevant. Music is cathartic for me. It’s one of the most important things for my creativity.’

The rapper has also become known for his work on the small screen and has hosted several documentaries on topics including homelessness, suicide and the white working class.

He said: ‘I don’t use the internet as a source of validation. They might have read one article about you and they have an idea of you but they don’t know you’ (pictured in November 2018)

Although he is currently focusing on music, Professor Green told how he has a number of future documentaries planned that are currently in pre-production.

‘The documentaries were really important,’ he told MailOnline. ‘There wasn’t a conversation in the media about mental health and there is now and I’m really proud of that.’

Professor Green has teamed up with Cadbury Dairy Milk, who has partnered with Age UK to help combat loneliness for their new campaign entitled Donate Your Words.

Good cause: Professor Green has teamed up with Cadbury Dairy Milk, who has partnered with Age UK to help combat loneliness for their new campaign entitled Donate Your Words

Cadbury Dairy Milk knows there is a glass and a half of kindness and generosity in everyone, and therefore, are encouraging Brits to donate their words by pledging to reach out and have a chat with older people in their communities.

The bars will be sold in supermarkets nationwide with 30p for each bar. For more information visit www.ageuk.org.uk/donateyourwords and pick up a bar in store today.

‘My great-grandmother would look after me when my gran was at work. The thought came to me how sad it would be for them to live their lives in isolation,’ he said. ‘Anything that helps people is great.’

Help: The bars will be sold in supermarkets nationwide with 30p for each bar. For more information visit www.ageuk.org.uk/donateyourwords

 

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