Pharrell Williams is notorious for causing controversy in his songs making him the clear target for gossip and rumors. We bring you some of the latest rumors making the rounds.
Pharrell is imagining Rihanna naked after his latest collab
It’s not surprising that his latest collab with Rihanna has started another round of rumors and the rumor is that working with Rihanna on her hotly anticipated album has made Pharrell fall in love.
During an interview with Allure, Pharrell says;
"Rih is in a different place right now."
"Like, wow. She’s from a different world” "I‘m willing to bet, because Venus is gaseous, that if they had a telescope that could zoom through all that s**t, you’d see Rih laying there naked."
Pharrell’s mind is clearly filled with naked images of Rihanna and to think not so long ago he was apologising for being too chauvinistic! Whether anything happened between him and Rihanna may well be exactly that, a rumor.
Pharrell doesn't think there is anything "rapey" about his collab with Robin Thicke called "Blurred lines"
And talking of his mind being filled with naked women, this isn’t the first time Pharrell has been told he needs to relax when it comes to sexualising women. His collab with Robin Thicke called 'blurred lines' had everyone up in frenzy back in 2013. The two sang about a girl being a good girl but she actually wants it.
He told GQ, he didn’t understand the uproar;
“There are women who really like the song and connect to the energy that just gets you up. And I know you want it – women sing those kinds of lyrics all the time. So it’s like, What’s rapey about that?’”
He did later in 2019 go on to say he realised this was also the type of language men used when taking advantage of a woman and that he “realised that we live in a chauvinist culture in our country. Hadn’t realised that. Didn’t realise some of my songs catered to that. So that blew my mind,” according to the guardian.
He didn't copy the song "Blurred Lines"
Turns out the song was actually copied and he was told to pay Marvin Gaye’s family $7.3 million because they stole the beat from Gaye’s 1977 single “Got to Give It Up.” The verdict arrived on 10 March 2015, although later revised to $5m according to NME.
Hmm…can we really accuse him of chauvinism if we think he has stolen the song?
The Gaye family is also entitled to royalties going forward for 50 percent of the songwriter and publishing revenue coming from ‘Blurred Lines’.
He is Native American and there is nothing wrong with the infamous headgear worn in the cover of Elle UK
Pharrell’s reputation of ruffling some feathers doesn’t just happen in his songs, what he wears has also caused some to raise eyebrows. In June 2014 he made a fatal error which just riled up the internet. #Nothappy was trending anywhere and everywhere and what exactly did he do wrong? It turns out he chose to wear a Native American headgear for the cover of Elle UK.
He claims he has a Native American heritage but this is of course not good enough, the right to wear an eagle-feather ceremonial bonnet is earned over the course of a person’s lifetime and presented as “symbols of honour and respect” according to many. His choice of head gear was an insult to many and seen to be culturally insensitive.
Although can we really blame Pharrell, Elle approved the cover and he clearly didn’t come up with this bright idea by himself.
Elle UK should be the one apologising for the headgear, not Pharrell
According to independent Elle had originally shown its pride at the styling choice, writing on its website: “We persuaded Elle Style Award winner Pharrell to trade his Vivienne Westwood mountie hat for a Native American feather headdress in his best ever shoot.”
This was shortly changed to: “We persuaded [Pharrell] ... to collaborate with us on his best ever shoot.”
Pharrell did go on to apologise saying;
"I respect and honor every kind of race, background and culture. I am genuinely sorry."
Launch of vegan skincare brand called 'Humanrace' is Pharrell's attempt at showing his love for all cultures
Clearly his attempt at showing his love for all cultures is now reflected in his skincare brand. On 11 November 2020 Pharrell announced the launch of his new vegan skincare brand, Humanrace.
The products are designed to be inclusive of all genders and races, following in the footsteps of Rihanna’s FENTY range. However Humanrace goes one step further, claiming to be completely vegan.The products should be available from 25th November 2020.
His secret to looking young is to exfoliate like a monster
Despite his age of 47, he has previously explained that his secret to looking young is that he exfoliates like a madman, he explained to TimeOut.
"When you exfoliate and you drink a lot of water, that does good for you."
"To me, the key is just exfoliating, like a monster," Williams said. "There's a lot of dead skin. All the time. Like a narcissistic madman," he told dazeddigital.com
However, he is not a vampire
Thank goodness for that as people were starting to worry that he may be a vampire if you believe the rumors back in 2014. However speaking to timeout he set the record straight.
"No, I am not," he said. "I’m willing to go on record as saying that I don’t drink people’s blood. How do I stay so young-looking for a 40-year-old? I wash my face."
I am sure there are many more rumors about Pharrell but we are pleased to discover he is not a vampire, is working to improve his chauvism, not culturally insensitive and accepts the Elle headgear was a mistake and would like to support veganism and has even launched a skincare brand to prove it, unless of course that was just a strategic business move.