“I was actually happier when I was poor” — Singer, Akon reveals

Senegalese-American singer and entrepreneur, Akon, has revealed that he was much happier when he was poor.


He said this on Monday, October 4, while defending a statement he made in the wake of his colleague and friend, Michael K. Williams’ death in September 2021.

The 48-year-old singer had said the rich face more issues than the poor. He had used Williams’ death as proof that the more money people make, the more problems the have.

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However, his statement didn’t sit well with some people and he was heavily criticized for downplaying the struggles of the poor masses.

Speaking in a recent interview with TMZ, Akon maintained his stance, noting that he is speaking from experience because he has tasted both poverty and wealth.

His words;


    “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.”


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