Khalid, 20, earned his 14th Hot 100 hits and second top 10 this year with the Normani-assisted "Love Lies,” peaking at No. 9. He only dropped his debut album, American Teen, in 2017, but already the R&B star has become one of music’s hottest commodities as a collaborator, releasing songs with 21 Under 21 peers like Shawn Mendes and Billie Eilish. Outside of music, he’s become a brand ambassador as well, working with Forever 21 and Hollister and partnering with Champion for a line of exclusive merch. “I do get tired,” the El Paso, Tex. native admits, “but I always want to give my best.”
How do you balance public and private life?
I’m really just myself. Everything you see on social media or on stage is no different than what you’d see if you saw me walking down the street. Accepting who you are and your individuality is so important and I want to be sending that message to my fans. I handle my own Twitter and Instagram, I want to always make sure that I am being authentic.