D’Angelo Gives GQ His First Interview in 12 Years

D’Angelo was once hailed as the next Marvin Gaye. Then, after his chiseled body threatened to overshadow his music, he vanished into addiction. So what is he doing singing his heart out in a Pentecostal church in Stockholm? And how are his abs? In his first interview in twelve years, GQ’s Amy Wallace witnesses D’Angelo’s ecstatic return to the stage and learns about the trials and tribulations he’s faced—from addiction, and feeling pressure about his image, to ballooning up to 300 pounds to spite those who admired him. For the full article, please visit: http://www.gq.com/entertainment/music/201206/dangelo-gq-june-2012-interview

D’Angelo on battling his substance abuse during his hiatus: “I didn’t really think I had a problem like that,” he says, taking a hit off a Newport. “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 fucking fine.”…on his arrest for soliciting sex from an undercover officer: “It was just me making a stupid decision, a wrong turn, on the wrong night. I’m not the role-model motherfucker. Look at all the shit that I’ve been in.”…on an instance with a female fan: “One time I got mad when a female threw money at me onstage, and that made me feel fucked-up, and I threw the money back at her,” he says. “ I was like, ‘I’m not a stripper.’

…on Madonna:
When Madonna turned 39, she asked him to sing “Happy Birthday” at her party. One press report had her sitting on his lap and French-kissing him. In fact, two sources say that ultimately D rebuffed her advances at another gathering not long after. At that event, the sources say, Madonna walked over and told a woman sitting next to D, “I think you’re in my seat.” The woman got up. Madonna sat down and told him, “I’d like to know what you’re thinking.” To which D replied, “I’m thinking you’re rude.” READ MORE: http://www.clutchmagonline.com/2012/05/dangelo-gives-gq-his-first-interview-in-12-years/