Stormzy Reveals Racist Treatment He Received At 'High End' Restaurant
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There aren't many people who are more popular than Stormzy right now, except perhaps Ed Sheeran.
Both have enjoyed major success in the charts as of late, with Stormzy's debut album Gang Signs & Prayer reaching number one, and Sheeran's third album, ÷, dominating Spotify's UK top 50 with all of the album featuring.
The popular singer/songwriter is no stranger to the attention and fame. However, Stormzy has seen his status rise over the last year or so, starting with the release of 'Shut Up' and reaching new heights with a performance alongside Ed at the BRITs.
Despite his fame, he has revealed the racist treatment he received at a high-end restaurant, claiming that employees didn't believe he had the money to pay.
"Usually when you walk in these high-end places, they'll offer you a drink, take your coat, offer you a seat," he told Hunger magazine, per Metro. "We didn't get none of that. I asked, he told me the price, and I did it like, 'Oh, you didn't think young black men are supposed to have this money, did you?'"
Despite the alleged racism, he says that it's not new at all, having been stopped a number of times as a teenager growing up in Croydon.
"When I was growing up in Thornton Heath, from about 13 all the way up to 18, I got searched every day," he said. "[It stopped] when I stopped walking around on the streets. But now I have a nice car, so I get pulled over instead."
Even though he's broken into the mainstream emphatically, he's true to his roots.
In the interview with Hunger, he says that he is still 'gonna live where I live', still wear the same clothes and still be the same person; he's just going to eat in posh restaurants and splash the cash he's rightfully earned.
Though he is staying true to himself, and that's great, his die-hard fans do find it kind of weird to see the things he's doing nowadays.
For example, not long ago, before the release of Gang Signs & Prayer, he appeared on Sunday Brunch.
He joined presenters, Tim Lovejoy and Simon Rimmer, for an interview before helping them with some cooking...
Credit: Channel 4/Sunday Brunch
He spoke about that BRITs performance, saying: "It was one of the scariest things I've ever done in my life.
"I don't even remember the performance - I just remember walking on stage and doing it.
"You can kind of tell looking back at the clip - when I walk on stage there's a moment, like a split second, where I notice and I'm like 'Oh the crowd are kind of liking this.'
"Then I get excited and I'm like: 'I'm going for it now.' At first I was scared but then we just smashed it."
He continued: "Everyone, my peers, supporters, everyone's quite proud and happy about it, me and Ed make two different styles of music but coming together is a good thing.
"And it's a snowball effect - they check me out, check another MC out, and see what we're all about."
Apparently, he had to keep the collaboration secret for over a month and didn't even tell his family because he was scared it would get out.
His fans couldn't believe that he was on the show, and took to Twitter in their droves to express their shock: