D’Angelo was once hailed as the next Marvin Gaye. Then, after his chiseled body threatened to overshadow his music, he vanished into addiction. So what is he doing singing his heart out in a Pentecostal church in Stockholm? And how are his abs? In his first interview in twelve years, GQ’s Amy Wallace witnesses D¹Angelo¹s ecstatic return to the stage and learns about the trials and tribulations he’s faced from addiction, and feeling pressure about his image, to ballooning up to 300 pounds to spite those who admired him. Close friends, including Questlove and comedian Chris Rock, help Wallace paint a picture of the cultural struggles that D’Angelo and other celebrated black artists sometimes face, and share how they hope he will continue to persevere.
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