D’Angelo made his return to the magazine world and was featured in the most recent issue of GQ magazine. After the soul singer made his musical return to the stage earlier this year, the musician showed a little skin and got suited up for a spread in the June 2012 issue.
Inside, the singer talks about a number of things from his return to music, why he purposely gained weight, how he felt when a female fan threw money at him on stage and his thoughts on Lucifer and his role in the singer’s struggle with good and bad – dark and light. D’Angelo also shared a story about how Madonna tried to get at him but failed. Check out some excerpts from his interview below.
ON HIS DRUG ADDICTION AND REHAB:
“I went in under a fake name so people wouldn’t know who I was, right? So, you know, Michael never got treatment. It was this other character that was in there. And the moment I left, I went straight to the fucking liquor store. [...] I didn’t really think I had a problem like that. 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 DEALING WITH DARK FORCES:
“There’s forces that are going on that I don’t think a lot of motherfuckers that make music today are aware of,” he says. “It’s deep. I’ve felt it. I’ve felt other forces pulling at me.” He stubs out his cigarette and leans toward me, taking my hand. “This is a very powerful medium that we are involved in,” he says gravely. “I learned at an early age that what we were doing in the choir was just as important as the preacher. It was a ministry in itself. We could stir the pot, you know? The stage is our pulpit, and you can use all of that energy and that music and the lights and the colors and the sound. But you know, you’ve got to be careful.”
ON A FEMALE FAN THROWING MONEY AT HIM:
“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’S ATTEMPT TO GET AT D’ANGELO:
“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.” [SOURCE]
HEAD OVER TO GQ.COM to peep more pics and read the 6-page interview where some of those closest to him like Questlove, his ex and baby’s mother, Angie Stone and Chris Rock share their stories and thoughts on the soul singer.