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‘I Became Unmotivated’ – Naomi Osaka’s Boyfriend Cordae Opens Up on His Worst Phase as a Hollywood Celebrity

Published 07/01/2022, 1:10 AM EDT

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Naomi Osaka has had a stellar tennis career. At a very young age, the Japanese tennis star had found immense success with her audacious displays on the tennis court. To date, the 24-year-old has gone on to win four Grand Slam titles. On the personal front, the former World Number 1 is in a relationship with the American rapper Cordae.

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Earlier this year, Cordae’s album, ‘From a Birds Eye View’ was released. However, it didn’t get the reception that he had expected, which left him disappointed. Recently, he opened up about his emotions during these tough times.


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Cordae talks about his failures

During a TED event, the American rapper revealed what he had to go through after his album’s reception didn’t meet his expectations. He said, “I just recently released my sophomore album ‘From a Birds Eye View’ that I spent two full years creating. My debut album, ‘The Lost Boy,’ was met with massive critical acclaim and success, and I had a lot of pressure on myself, to outdo myself. And in my eyes and in the eyes of many, I did. I had huge expectations for this album, but when it finally released and it wasn’t received as well as I’d hoped, I completely broke down.”

Further, he added, “I did my fasting. I stayed positive, I wrote down my dreams and goals, I was disciplined. I was doing this every day to make sure that this big moment that it was leading up to, that would change the entire world, would go perfectly. But that didn’t happen. I did not meet the expectations that I had set for myself, that the world had set for me.”


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Talking about facing failures, Cordae went on to say, “And this is the first time as a major artist that I had received mixed reviews of my art. And again, it broke me down, man. I became unmotivated. I started overindulging in things that I’m not proud of. I was almost thinking about canceling my upcoming tour. I was in a very dark place.”


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Why is Naomi Osaka not playing at the Wimbledon Championships 2022?

The former World Number 1 is struggling with an Achilles injury that she picked up in Madrid. As a result, she has skipped the grass-court Grand Slam tournament. However, Osaka hopes to get back fit in time for the upcoming hard-court season.


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Written by:

Vatsal Shah


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Vatsal Shah is a tennis author at EssentiallySports. With a Bachelor's degree in engineering, he is a die hard fan of tennis and sports in general. He is an ardent follower of Rafael Nadal and is inspired by his never-say-die attitude.
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Tony Thomas