News: Common Recalls Erykah Badu Break-Up, "[She] Was My First Love & My First Heartbreak"
Wednesday, Sep 14, 2011 11:25AM
Rap veteran Common has reflected on his split from neo-soul singer Erykah Badu nearly a decade ago and said she was the one who decided to end their affair.
According to Common, Badu gave him his walking papers over the phone.
"She handed it to me. I was in my hotel room on tour and -- she called me and was like, 'Hey, I don't wanna be in this relationship no more. I'm liking somebody else,'" Common revealed. "That was my first love and my first heartbreak...It taught me a lot of things, and when it happened I kinda really got into myself and really learned about myself and I was able to move on, and now me and E is real cool." ("The Wendy Williams Show")
About six years ago, Common briefly spoke on their 2002 break-up.
"No, it wasn't a specific situation that [led to the breakup]. It was just a gradual thing where we both felt like it was time to move on. We were so engulfed in each other we stopped taking care of ourselves as individuals. Like, for example, if something was going wrong with my business, I would just go down to Dallas and chill with the family. You can't run from things, you have to also be focused on your work. But that relationship was meant to be for that time period. It has something to do with me evolving, for better and for worse." (NC Times)
In 2008, Badu described Common's generous spirit.
"Just so much musical freedom. Common is the most humble person I ever met. Kind and generous. He reinforced that in me," she said in 2008. "Andre  is very creative and artistic. All of that that you see of him, that's all him. That's how he is, and that gave me a creative push, too." (Concrete Loop)
Within his new One Day It'll All Make Sense autobiography, the Chicago rapper opens up about Badu.
One Day It'll All Make Sense is a gripping memoir, both provocative and funny. Common shares never-before-told stories about his encounters with everyone from Tupac to Biggie, Ice Cube to Lauryn Hill, Barack Obama to Nelson Mandela. Drawing upon his own lyrics for inspiration, he invites the reader to go behind the spotlight to see him as he really is--not just as Common but as Lonnie Rashid Lynn. Each chapter begins with a letter from Common addressed to an important person in his life--from his daughter to his close friend and collaborator Kanye West, from his former love Erykah Badu to you, the reader. Through it all, Common emerges as a man in full. Rapper. Actor. Activist. But also father, son, and friend. Common's story offers a living example of how, no matter what you've gone through, one day it'll all make sense. (Amazon)
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