Professor Green inspired by father's death

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 April 2012
Professor Green

Professor Green

Professor Green says his turbulent relationship with his father - who committed suicide in 2008 - helped him "achieve his dreams" because it inspired his songwriting

Professor Green says his father's suicide helped him "achieve his dreams".

The 'Read All About It' hitmaker - who was brought up by his grandmother - believes channelling his thoughts and feelings into his songs helps him deal with complex emotions such as the death of his dad Peter in 2008.

He said: "It's therapeutic to write about those things. It helps to understand what's going on inside you.

"When 'Read All About It' went to number one, it was quite bittersweet. Because, despite all the s**t I went through with my dad, in a sense he helped me achieve my dreams. I couldn't have written that song if I hadn't gone through that."

The 28-year-old rapper admits his difficult relationship with his father was what initially spurred him on to chart success, but he soon learned it wasn't a substitute.

He explained: "It was about wanting people to accept me, as if I was working for the love that I didn't get from my dad. I'm kind of past that now.

"I used to think, 'If I ever make it in music that'll be it, that'll solve all my problems' but it didn't solve anything.

"A man's problems are his own, a good day is a good day and a bad day a bad day. That doesn't change, no matter how much you've got."

And the 'Just Be Good to Green' star - whose real first name is Stephen - has vowed never to be like his father in future.

Asked what he wants from life, he said: "Not to follow in my father's footsteps and, if I have children do better than he did.

"His mistakes were due to him not being aware of why he felt certain things, which is why he ended up doing that to himself. And that's not a place I ever want to be."

Professor Green

London hip-popper on tour after the release of latest single 'Are You Getting Enough?'.

The Cluny, Newcastle upon Tyne

Sat 16 Feb 2019

£16.50 / 0191 230 4474

Electric Brixton, London SW2

Tue 20 Nov

£16.50 / 020 7274 2290

The Globe, Cardiff

Tue 12 Feb 2019

£16.50 / 07590 471888

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