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During a recent speaking engagement at the University of Colorodo-Boulder in February, the rapper and actor said he found out something very important about himself after he and Erykah Badu broke up.

“I discovered I didn’t truly believe in myself wholeheartedly with every morsel that I had in my body, and I discovered that through a breakup.”  He went on to say “When we did break up, one of the most important things I discovered was that I was scared to wear my greatness…Which meant I could be in a relationship and dim my light for others.”

The couple dated for 2 years from 2000-2002 and even though it wasn’t publicized they were even engaged for a while.  He said that being in the relationship and dimming his light with her carried over to other relationships including family, friends, and even other artists.

Some might remember that Common’s ex-girlfriend Serena Williams alluded to feeling similar feelings in a 2014 interview with Oprah Winfrey.   Though she didn’t say Common’s name everyone assumed this had been the case with them.

Common is no longer dimming his light.  He’s an Academy Award winning artist and he has a recurring role and executive producing credits on the new Showtime hit “The Chi” which airs on Sunday nights.



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