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I used to [email protected] food — Singer Tems opens up on her poverty struggles – Instablog9ja

Nigerian singer Temilade Openiyi, popularly known as Tems, has opened up on her past struggles and dealing with abject poverty.

Speaking in an interview with British GQ, the 27-year-old said she used to [email protected] food just to survive.

According to her, “There were times when I was not just broke; I was broke and hopeless. I used to [email protected] food. I used to go to my aunty’s house just so she could give me food to take home.

I just felt like, What is the point of me existing right now? You have to remember those times. Because that person does not exist anymore.

I didn’t have any self-esteem. I didn’t think I was pretty. I didn’t even think of my voice as anything. I just thought, There are so many people that can sing, I’m not a model, I don’t dance, but whatever chance I have, I’ll take it. Even if I end up singing under a bridge somewhere, I’ll be the best under-the-bridge singer ever.”