"I Was Attacked Online"-Adekunle Gold Opens Up About Abuse After Revealing Sickle Cell Struggle

Date: 17-06-2024 11:48 am (4 weeks ago) | Author: Mister Jay Wonder
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Nigerian singer Adekunle Gold has shared his experience of being trolled online after publicly disclosing his battle with sickle cell disease. The artist, known for his hit song "Orente," revealed that he faced significant backlash and abuse on social media following his announcement.

In a recent interview with CNN, Adekunle Gold explained his decision to raise awareness about sickle cell disease, stating that he wanted to support others living with the condition. “I want people living with sickle cell to feel safe, to feel like they have help and support,” he said.

He recounted the negative reactions he received online after discussing his struggle with sickle cell in his song "5-Star." “They call you a sickler… Recently, when I talked about it on the song, I saw a lot of tweets from people attacking and abusing me,” he said.

Despite the online attacks, Adekunle Gold emphasized the importance of sharing his story to encourage others. “I’m speaking about sickle cell disease now because I just got the courage to come out and speak up openly about it. A lot of people can’t share their stories like I can,” he noted.

Reflecting on his life with the disease, the singer recalled knowing about his diagnosis since childhood. He spoke about the challenges he faced growing up, including frequent hospital visits and restrictions on activities like playing football in the rain. “I’ve known about my sickle cell disease all my life. I knew since I was a child that I couldn’t do certain things. They said, ‘You know you have sickle cell, you can’t play football in the rain just like your peers.’ And I was like, ‘No, I want to play.’ I’ve always been rebellious,” he recalled.

Despite these challenges, Adekunle Gold expressed his determination not to let the disease define him. “I constantly put myself in situations that made me sick. And it affected me a lot. For example, I’m not supposed to be in the rain, so what happened to me was that I would have pains in my joints from being in the rain. But I always knew that I didn’t want this thing [sickle cell] to define me,” he said.

Adekunle Gold’s openness about his journey aims to inspire and provide a sense of community for those living with sickle cell disease.

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