Tems has revealed her past struggles in a fresh interview which is laden with profound inspiration.
Speaking to GQ magazine, Tems said she used to visit an aunt to get food which she would then take home.
She said; “There were times when I was not just broke; I was broke and hopeless. I used to steal food. I used to go to my aunty’s house just so she could give me food to take home.
“I just felt like, What is the point of me existing right now? You have to remember those times. Because that person does not exist anymore.”
Also, Tems said that the year she released “Mr Rebel”, she living alone and struggling financially, noting that she was putting pressure on herself to assist with providing for her family.
She left her work to concentrate on music, which made matters more difficult because she would no longer be able to meet everyone’s needs due to the lack of a secure, permanent career.
Tems further added that in order to realize her goals of having a prosperous music career, she had to embark on a journey of self-discovery and growth.
“The decision I made was to not wallow in sadness and chose to stop seeing myself as “this person that can never be anything”.
Tems added; “I didn’t have any self-esteem. I didn’t think I was pretty. I didn’t even think of my voice as anything.
I just thought, There are so many people that can sing, I’m not a model, I don’t dance, but whatever chance I have, I’ll take it. Even if I end up singing under a bridge somewhere, I’ll be the best under-the-bridge singer ever.”