Senegalese-American singer, Akon, has said he was much happier when he was poor because life is tougher for the rich than the poor.
The singer said this during an interview with TMZ, on Monday.
He revealed that he was actually happier when he was poor adding that being successful comes with a lot of problems.
“Nobody can sit there and tell me, that I didn’t go through poverty. I was the young African kid, barefoot and playing soccer in the village with no electricity, no running water.
”I knew what that looked like, believe me, I know what poverty looks like.
”But I also know what success looks like, and from my personal experience, I’m having more problems successfully dealing with all that comes with success than I had when I was poor. I was actually happier when I was poor,” he said.
Akon is a Senegalese-American singer, songwriter, record producer, and entrepreneur from New Jersey. He rose to prominence in 2004 following the release of “Locked Up,” the first single from his debut album Trouble (2004), followed by the second single “Lonely”.
Akon, full name, Aliaune Damala Badara Akon Thiam was born on April 16, 1973, in St. Louis, Missouri, to a Muslim family. His father Mor Thiam was born to a Toucouleur family of Quranic scholars in Kaolack, Senegal. He spent a significant part of his childhood in Senegal, which he described as his “hometown”. A child of a dancer mother, Kine Gueye Thiam , and a percussionist father, Mor Thiam, Akon learned to play five instruments, including drums, guitar and djembe. At age seven, he moved with his family to Union City, New Jersey, splitting his time between the United States and Senegal until settling in Newark, New Jersey. Growing up in New Jersey, Akon had difficulties getting along with other children. When he and his older brother reached high school, his parents left them on their own in Jersey City and moved the rest of the family to Atlanta, Georgia. Akon attended William L. Dickinson High School in Jersey City.