“I Couldn’t Eat”- Common Gets Brutally Honest About Pain He Endured After Erykah Badu Left Him
At the age of 47, rap legend/actor, Common, has never been married and refuses to give up on finding ‘the one.’ That being said, he was once convinces he’d found his “Make It Last Forever” partner in Erykah Badu- who clearly has the profound ability to alter her men into alternative, vegan, incense burning dudes, and ain’t nothing wrong with that, but I digress…
Anywho, in a new interview with People Magazine, to promote his new memoir, “Let Love Have The last Word,” Common yet again gave the world a very honest view into his love for his ex-girlfriend, Badu.
In the past, he’s made it no secret that Erykah was “my first love and my first heartbreak.” Almost two decades later, he’s still being asked about the neo-soul pioneer who broke his heart in his late 20’s.
This go ’round, Common has revealed that after Erykah Badu ‘broke up with him over the phone’ (as he once stated in a prior interview), he was so depressed, that he couldn’t even muster up the will to eat…dayumn! Peep what else the MC had to say about his first love, Badu, whom he dated from approximately 2000 to 2002:
“Some of the hardest work I’ve done on myself has been after breakups,” Common told People. “With Erykah Badu, that was my first love where you’re just open and floating. When we split, I was 27 or 28. I was in a haze, just going through the motions. It was hard to eat. It wasn’t her fault, the relationship just didn’t go forward.”
Then Common says his next public relationship -presumably with Serena Williams- was equally as heartbreaking and finally pushed him into therapy:
“I was in another breakup after that that was heavy,” he says without specifying which relationship. “That one honestly is what sent me to therapy.”
FYI- Serena and Common were a thing from 2008 to 2010. They seemed hella happy together at that time, but it just wasn’t meant to be.
Common’s most recent public relationship was with political analyst, Angela Rye, but that didn’t last long, and they called it quits in 2018.
Now, Common is lookin’ for love again and says the therapy sessions, that his heartbreaks led him to, have prepped him to finally be the man he wants to be to the next love of his life:
“Talking about my intimacy avoidance and love addiction was an “aha” moment for me,” he says of traits he’s learned about himself in therapy. “The more you talk, the more you see the patterns you created for yourself. … I’m open to a relationship now. I know how to communicate like an adult now. I want to be the best partner I can be.”
On a side note, after hearing Common’s confessions, I suddenly feel like vibin’ out to L.L. Cool J’s “I Need Love”…but seriously, much luck to Common in his quest to finally find ‘the one.’ Or better yet, let’s just let L.L. take us out on this one in his throwback video up top.