PND On Kehlani: “I Look Into People’s Eyes And I Know They Think I’m A Bad Guy”
With the success of his latest record P3, one would assume that PartyNextDoor, real name Jahron Anthony Brathwaite, would be on top of the world. Instead, the 23 year old singer claims this year leading up to the album release has left him quite blue, especially when he reflects on his past relationship with Kehlani.
“I regret how it went down,” he says. “Big time I regret how it went down. I look into people’s eyes, and I know they think I’m a bad guy. There’s a lot of details that people don’t know.”
A rumored courtship between he and Kehlani came to an end in 2015 which caused PND to release an emotional track “Kehlani’s Freestyle” (he later changed the name to “Things & Such.”) Then in March, when it was believed Kehlani was dating Cleveland Cavalier Kyrie Irving, PND posted a photo to Instagram of him and Kehlani together with the caption “After all the shenanigans, still got the R&B singer back in my bed.” Kehlani then became the target of vicious sexist vitriol on Twitter, which prompted her to attempt suicide.
“I just hope people understand that was a year for him,”PND said referring to himself in third person. “And I hope everyone has a successful year, and I hope that’s in the past.”
Despite his turbulent time, PND scored a huge hit penning Rihanna’s “Work” which chilled at the top of the charts for an impressive nine weeks. Yet, the success didn’t seem to be as fulfilling.
“I thought, ‘Write a hit, you’ll be rich and happy.’ Meet one of the most beautiful girls in the world, one of the most talented, and I’ll be happy. All of that: I’m not happy.”