Keke Palmer Talks Anxiety, Sexual Intimidation By Trey Songz, And Even Helps Charlamagne Tha God Say “Me, Too”
Actress and singer Keke Palmer stopped by Power 105.1’s The Breakfast Club yesterday, and as expected, she gave a thought-provoking interview. What wasn’t expected is that the 24-year-old went deep on anxiety and depression, stood firm in her claim that she was sexually intimidated by Trey Songz, and her truth-telling stirred up something in co-host Charlamagne tha God that made him say, “Me, Too.”
Some of us know Keke, of course, from the film Akeelah and the Bee. For others, they may remember her from Nickelodeon’s True Jackson, VP. In both roles, we saw her as a kid genius, so growing up, the starlet has had to work very hard for people to not box her into the “child star” category.
But I think after yesterday’s interview, no one will be able to do that again. She is dealing with very adult things, and she didn’t hesitate to speak on them.
First, anxiety and depression. We’ve all dealt with one of them at some point in our lives but maybe not to the level that Keke has. She shared how identifying those two conditions helped her overcome them.
Co-host DJ Envy suggested that in order to block out all the noise that might cause him to become anxious, he turns off his phone, especially during times that he just wants to enjoy time with his family. But Keke was taken aback (as was I), and she admitted “that’s a hard one.”
She pointed out that social media, in particular, is a trigger for depression and anxiety, especially for her as a celebrity.
“The whole thing about social media is getting liked or not….You may be the coolest, chillest person in the world, but just the way social media is set up, you’ll find yourself being like, ‘dang, I thought this was going to be a hit. I thought I was going to get at least 100k views.”
And that can cause you to go down a rabbit-hole of “What did I say? What more could I have done?…You over-think stuff,” she said.
Outside social media, Keke experienced another level of anxiety when she came out over a year ago and accused singer Trey Songz of “sexual intimidation.”
At the time, she said that the “Can’t Help But Wait” singer didn’t ask to use her image for his “Pick Up the Phone” video that included lyrics like, ““Grab her p-ssy like Keke, like Keke, like Keke.” She was not only annoyed that he he did something without her permission, but it felt like the ultimate betrayal because he’s known her since she was 12 years old.
When she was asked whether she still stood firm in her accusation, she harnessed a little Nene Leakes by basically saying, “I said what I said.”
And with all of her transparency about being “tried” in the industry, Charlamagne tha God finally (but hesitantly) spoke up about his #MeToo experience. Never one to shy away from telling his truth, this incident is one that the controversial figure admitted he’s actually a little shy to speak on.
Yes, this interview is heavy at some points, but Keke admits that despite it all, you’ve still got to find the funny in it all.
“You’ve got to find the gag,” she said.
This interview with Keke is one that you have to watch. You can see it in its entirety below.
Renese spends her early mornings writing, her days securing insurance for TV shows, and her in-betweens blogging about the silliness and seriousness of life on her blog. Follow Renese on Twitter: @reneseford