Jhené Aiko Talks Drake, Childish Gambino, Dating & Staying True To Herself With Complex Magazine

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Jhené Aiko is certainly looking summertime fine in her sunny cover shoot for the April / May issue of Complex Magazine. The shoot which took place on the beautiful island of Jamaica definitely has me feeling a little pink, yellow & green with envy right about now. This wicked East Coast weather has really taken its toll on me this winter, so diving into Jhené’s interview truly has me longing for a tropical breeze of my own. Well, I guess this will just have to do for now…Lol

Complex recently caught up with the R&B Songstress who is currently prepping for the release of her highly anticipated debut album Souled Out, which is due out this year to chat about her “inner visions.” Lulled by the lush scenery and serene water of Jamaica, Jhené opens up about working with Drake & Childish Gambino, dating in the industry and staying grounded. Take a look…

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On Her Relationship With Drake:

“I look up to Drake,” Jhené says. “Everything in his whole career is commendable. He can act, he can rap, he can sing. I can relate to him. He’s mixed; I’m mixed. Everything he does, I take note because I feel like he’s doing a really good job of being, like, well-rounded. And not only that, he’s really talented. I’m always asking him for advice with stuff and trying to figure out how he deals with being such a big celebrity.”

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On Her Friendship With Actor & Rapper Donald “Childish Gambino” Glover:

“We have the same publisher,” Jhené explains. “One of his best friends, Fam, went to school with my brother who passed away. We have the same sense of humor, very sarcastic and dry. It was automatically like, ‘I like you! We can be friends.’ ” She says the rumors about them being together don’t bother her. “He’s an actor. We’re both creative people. We are friends and we hang out. We’re just friends but I’m also single, so you never know what friendships can develop into. We like each other as people, so you know, who knows?”

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On Dating & The Single Life:

“I’m about to give you…not a bullsh*t answer. There is, but I’m single. Not by choice. Only because I found now that when I talk to guys, they’re wary because they know about Donald, they know I’ve worked with Drake. They’re always side-eyed, suspicious. But I’m loyal in relationships. If I’m your girlfriend, that’s it. I’m practicing to be your wife at that point because I treat it seriously. I feel like I was born to be a mom and a wife and totally domesticated. I’m not going to spend my time trying to prove that I am really who I say I am.” Sometimes guys worry about what happens when Jhené goes on tour. “I can control myself. But if I’m single I don’t have anything I’m obligated to do for you. At the same time, I would like a man to take control and say, ‘I don’t want you to talk to those guys.’ Give me rules. Yeah! Why not? Be a man. But I can say that there is a person and I hope that we grow to blossom and be everything a beautiful couple can be.”


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On Staying Grounded:

“It’s definitely a process,” she says. “The ego is always there and the id will always remind you that it’s there, but it’s about being aware that it’s not the boss of you and being able to ignore it.” (That is, unless she’s been drinking Henny and her J-Hennessy battle-rapper alter ego takes over.) “I just try not to watch myself on TV. I don’t even like to look at pictures. I don’t like to get caught up with who I am, and I’m surrounded by family. We’re very, very close and everyone keeps each other down to earth.”

For the full interview and more on this rising star, you can get the scoop right here.

Credits: Jhené Aiko for Complex Magazine by Marcus Hyde

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