Emtee's harsh lesson: Being so open got me disrespected

04 October 2018 - 07:00 By Kyle Zeeman
Emtee says because he was so open about his emotions, people thought they knew him and would disrespect him.
Emtee says because he was so open about his emotions, people thought they knew him and would disrespect him.
Image: Instagram/ Emtee

Emtee has really grown since returning from a short break in the Free State and told TshisaLIVE the biggest lesson he's learnt is that being so open about his life led to him being disrespected.

Emtee recently returned to the spotlight after almost a month-long recovery break in Bloemfontein. The rapper went to ground after a video of him "collapsing" on stage during a performance went viral. The fiasco also led to calls for Emtee to get professional help amidst alcohol and drug abuse allegations.

Emtee told TshisaLIVE at the launch of AKA's Beam World mobile app that he was no longer so quick to get touched by haters who were coming for him.

"I have been alright since my break. I have been taking it easy. Everything I do now I think about it three, four times. I am more measured. I think being so open about my life and feelings was the mistake. People started to disrespect me because they think they know me. The funny thing is that people have a lot to say about me but I don't talk that much."

He said he was more mature than before.

"I am definitely at another level. I am more mature and I think more. It comes from being a father and someone people look up to. I learnt recently that I have to think more rationally about certain circumstances and not take them to heart because they are not real."

As a result, the star is not as active as he once was on social media.

"It is sort of blinds me from my blessings. I sometimes forget that I am blessed and I have a lot of things going right in my life."

Speaking about the fall, he once again blamed fatigue and a lose wire for the incident.

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