If you had asked Future mid-2014 about his breakup with former fiancée Ciara, he probably would have held his tongue. Now, the Atlanta rapper touches on how he used the split from the mother of his son (also named Future) to inspire a winning streak as the cover star of Rolling Stone‘s July 2016 issue.
After topping the Billboard 200 chart with the collaborative Drake venture What a Time to Be Alive, his solo releases DS2 and Evol also hit the No. 1 spot in less than seven months. “I want to keep doing what I’m doing and see how far I can go,” he said. “See when it stops. See what the end is like. I want to make this moment last as long as I can make it. If I miss a day, I’m afraid I’ll miss out on a smash record.”
Future also shared that the split from Ciara, combined with a lukewarm response to his 2014 effort Honest, made him “scared as shit.” He continued, “I was one step away from being married, and I feel like I failed publicly in relationships. Then you want to go back to doing music, to what you know. And if the people didn’t accept you again, the one thing you feel like you can fall back on, it walked away from you. You feel like it’s over.”
As far as the legal battles between the former flames, the rapper offered, “I don’t know how to deal with something like that. All I know is record, record, record, record.”
He does address her directly with a special message: “I’m attached to you. If you’re happy, I’m happy. You’re connected for life. I don’t want you to go through this shit and for it to come back on my son, my kid. I want you to be in the best situation.”
Read the full feature story, where he discusses living in poverty as a young boy in Atlanta and more, here.