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I took a break from music to focus on my mental health – Iyanya

SINGER, Iyanya Onoyom Mbuk, popularly known by his stage name, Iyanya, revealed that he took a four-year break from the music industry to focus on his mental health.

The ‘Kukere’ singer made this known in a recent interview session with media personality, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu on Rubbin’ Minds on Channels TV.

According to the singer, the pressures from the music industry made him take a break as he was not ready for the effects of fame.

He said, “With hits come pressure; the ups and the downs. Fans don’t see that. But you as an artiste have to tell yourself the truth, take some time off, and do what’s right. It was very intentional for me to leave and come back better. For me, I wasn’t ready for all of that. I knew I was going to be famous, but I didn’t realize it was going to be that huge. The effects on me weren’t so good at some point. Yeah, of course. It was a toxic time for me. If you’re not careful, it could break you. It was crazy, mentally and otherwise. When you become a version of yourself that you don’t like, you have to take some time away. It was for about three to four years.”

“I had to shut down. I lost my mind. Mentally, I was gone. If I didn’t, I won’t be here today. Ubi Franklin and I made up a long time ago, but we didn’t say so on social media. The issues that made us fall apart don’t exist anymore. I was young and everything happened so fast. Now, I know you have to listen to people, especially those giving you advice for growth. Yeah, I’m in a different headspace. And I’m more mature.”

Iyanya won the Project Fame singing competition in 2011. In 2016, he got into a well-publicized feud with Ubi Franklin, music executive and founder of Made Men Music Group (Triple MG) following a contract dispute. He also signed a deal with Don Jazzy’s Mavins record label, which he left a year later. He has since reconciled with Ubi Franklin and rejoined Triple MG.

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