It took a while, but Tevin Campbell says he learned to love himself and “nothing else” matters.
Campbell, 46, sat down with the TV One interview series Uncensored reflect on his life and career.
“You can only be you, don’t try to pretend to be something else,” Campbell said in the interview – which airs tonight.
The Grammy-nominated R&B entertainer shot to fame after scoring a string of teen hits in the 1990s.
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Campbell’s early hits included “Round and Round”, “Alone with You”, “Tell Me What You Want Me to Do” and “Just Ask Me To” from his 1991 debut album. Tevin.
With his immense talent, the singer-songwriter has worked with superstar writers and producers, including Quincy Jones, Narada Michael Walden, Babyface, Al B. Sure, Kyle West and Prince, to name a few. .
As he matured, Campbell scored more hits with “I’m Ready” and “Can We Talk”.
Despite his accomplishments, social media users questioned his appropriateness and sexual orientation, making him a trending topic on Twitter in October 2018.
Campbell dismissed the homophobic comments in a since-deleted tweet, writing, “I read the comments. I heard it all… it’s a ‘fg’, ‘he’s gay as hell’, y’all homophobes need to do better.
In August 2022, the singer-songwriter confirmed he was gay in an interview with People magazine’s “People Every Day” podcast.
Campbell said Uncensored he has now “kissed” himself and is proud.
“It’s about loving yourself,” he said. “You only have one life and you have to live it to the fullest.”
He encouraged others to just “be you”.
“So I accepted this, I embraced this years ago and I love it. I’ll be happy for a long, long, long time,” he said. “There’s nothing who can take that happiness away because once you find it, there’s literally nothing else that matters. There’s nothing you can say to me that can take that away from me.
Campbell also opened up about being bullied at school, getting into the music business, and LA Reid wanting his single “Can We Talk” to go to Usher.
Uncensored: Tevin Campbell premieres tonight at 10pm/9C on TV One.
Prior to the broadcast of the interview, TV One will broadcast Unsung gifts: the best in black about talented and influential black people in the fashion industry. Unsung gifts: the best in black airs at 9 p.m. ET/8C.
Watch the preview of Uncensored: Tevin Campbell in the video above:
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