Nigerian female singer, Temilade Openiyi, popularly known as Tems has described being famous and popular is like being in a zoo.
In a recently released conversation with Kendrick Lamar for Interview magazine, she discussed her newfound fame.
The multiple award-winning artiste shared her thoughts on the pressure that comes with being successful.
Tems revealed that she deals with pressure that comes with being successful by staying true to herself.,
In her words, “When you become more known or seen, it’s very easy to get caught up in, “What do people expect of me now?” But for me, it’s like, “What do I expect of myself now?”
“Because you’re the one that has to live with yourself, the one that has to sleep with the decisions that you make.
“Trusting yourself is so key, and I’m not going to stop trusting my guts just because people can see me now. It’s like being in a zoo.
“The animals don’t change their behaviour just because you’re looking at them. They’re always going to be who they are. So why should I change?”
She also shared some advice that could be useful for artists, and fans alike, saying the constantly remembering why you started is the key to staying on the right path.
“Yeah, you have to remember how you felt when you started as an artist, to understand the reason you’re doing what you’re doing,”
“Yes, it’s to be seen, or to make a name for yourself, but beyond that, why are you doing it? Most of the time, it’s because you have a story to share, a message to give.” Tems advised.