BLACK Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am has smashed global records in his 25-year career, including having the first song broadcast on Mars – and now he’s set another one.
The quirky star has opened up about parenthood, saying he has 750 children . . . sort of.
He launched his i.am.angel Foundation in 2009 to help provide financial support and opportunities for young people to go to university and he reckons it’s like having his own family.
On the phone from his home in Los Angeles where he is isolating, he told me: “I send those kids to college and connect them with my network of folks and see what they can accomplish in life.
“I think my choice of family and responsibility is I’ll serve 750 kids this year.
“Last year was a really proud year for us, we sent kids to Brown, Stanford, Dartmouth, and these are like Ivy League, amazing schools and the kids come from the ghetto that I come from.
“It all depends on what you mean by family.
“I think the work that I do and where I choose to focus, I still have responsibilities and I still have love and joy and fulfilment.”
Will, who has just returned with the band’s new single Mamacita, has kept schtum on his private life in the past but is believed to have had relationships with singer Natalie Imbruglia and model Casey Batchelor.
But now he feels like the tradition of settling down with a partner and having kids could be outdated.
He continued: “What is traditional? When you’re looking at the world from today’s perspective there is nothing traditional.
“In fact, tradition is now in question, because who knows if we are gonna go back to tradition after this?
“Everything is gonna change dramatically after this.
“The world will not be the way it used to be.
“Everybody has their aspirations that are not the same and my aspirations are unique.
“What I think is valuable is what I can do to impact people on a productive and optimistic level.
“I wanna contribute to a lot of different people and culture and society.”
That told me . . .
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