The famously media-wary Donald Glover, best known as rapper Childish Gambino has revealed in a new interview that during these trying times of social unrest, compounded with a global pandemic, he has experienced some very good news.
During a Zoom chat with British writer, director, and I May Destroy You star Michaela Coel for GQ magazine, Glover shared his excitement and bewilderment of welcoming a new child into the world amid COVID-19 and the calls for racial justice after the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis at the hands of police.
Almost casually dropping the news, "I was in the hospital bed," Glover, who has two previous children with longtime partner Michelle White began. "My son had just been born, like, an hour before and I was watching the George Floyd video.“
For the Emmy, Golden Globe, and GRAMMY winner who had recently lost his father at the end of 2018, he says the moment caught him off guard. It was “such an intense, weird moment," he says, "because I'm watching that video and it's like eight minutes long, so you're sitting there and I had just had this amazing, joyful, expanding moment, plus my dad had passed away recently, so (my son) was named after my father... I don't even know what, really, the word is to describe it. It was just expanding: the empathy and compassion and the terror and the joy of it."
Now with three of their own little ones running around, Glover says he has been considering adoption, and putting his own ability to procreate on ice.
"Because I've actually had that thing where I'm like, 'Maybe I should just get a vasectomy and just freeze those assets,'" he told Coel. "Because adopting kids, my family adopting kids ... And we actually have been talking about (it), because we have three boys so I'm like, 'Oh, it might be nice to get a girl in there.' So I think all those are great options. But it is hard."
Glover also touched upon his avoidance of and the effect that social media has had on the world, and music culture at large because of how fast information travels these days.
“You used to be able to go to Australia or Japan, or you might have a friend there and they’ll say, “Yo, check this out” and you’ll go and you’ll hang out and you’ll be like, “Oh, this is cool. This is interesting.” But now all of that “culture” or “subculture” is shared by pictures and people just going back and forth so much,” he explained. “I’m just saying now it changes so much that this thing you might be experiencing may be already over.”
“That’s why I’m not on the internet,” he admits. “I don’t tweet or anything like that. It’s way more fun to just skulk around and watch you guys. I’ll meet people and I’m like, “Oh, yeah. You were there last week.” And they look at me and say, “Oh, how do you know?” Because you told everybody. You’re on Instagram! You’re on Twitter!”
Read the full interview now at GQ.com.