“I was so broke, i used to steal food”- Tems recounts her past struggles in Life

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Popular Nigerian singer-songwriter Temilade Openiyi, well known by his stage as Tems, has brought up past difficulties. She admitted that at one point in her life, she had to steal food to survive.

Tems stated during an interview with GQ magazine that she used to go see her aunt to pick up meals to bring home.

She stated this while recounting her past struggles, adding that she was very broke and hopeless during that period.

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She said; “There were times when I was not just broke; I was broke and hopeless. I used to steal food. I used to go to my aunty’s house just so she could give me food to take home.

“I just felt like, What is the point of me existing right now? You have to remember those times. Because that person does not exist anymore.”

Recall also that Tems, had earlier revealed that the year she released “Mr Rebel”, she living alone and struggling financially, noting that she was putting pressure on herself to assist with providing for her family.

She quit her job to focus on music and this made things even harder as the lack of security of stable job meant she would not be able to cater to everyone.

Furthermore, the Try Me crooner said that she had to go on a journey of self-discovery and growth in order to achieve her dreams of having a successful music career.

“The decision I made was to not wallow in sadness and chose to stop seeing myself as “this person that can never be anything”.

Tems added; “I didn’t have any self-esteem. I didn’t think I was pretty. I didn’t even think of my voice as anything. I just thought, There are so many people that can sing, I’m not a model, I don’t dance, but whatever chance I have, I’ll take it. Even if I end up singing under a bridge somewhere, I’ll be the best under-the-bridge singer ever.”



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