Will.i.am is on the cover of the latest issue of british “The Big Issue” magazine which came out today! Check out photoshoot, part of the article below and of course don’t foerget to buy your copy!
Will.i.am tells The Big Issue why he donated his fee for The Voice to the Prince’s Trust
Will.i.am has revealed that he felt compelled to give away the personal fee he received last year for appearing on BBC hit show The Voice.The 38-year-old music guru donated his £500,000 payment from the 2012 show to the Prince’s Trust’s Enterprise Programme, which encourages and funds disadvantaged kids looking to start up businesses in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
In an exclusive interview with The Big Issue, the global superstar admitted that he couldn’t keep what he deemed the “people’s money”.
“The Voice is the BBC, it’s the people’s money, so it didn’t feel right,” he explained. Will has sold millions of albums, his wealth is estimated at $75m (£49m) and Black Eyed Peas’ collaboration with dance titan David Guetta, I Gotta Feeling, is the most downloaded song in iTunes history.
He has used his pop star’s privilege for philanthropic zeal, firstly through the 15-year-old Black Eyed Peas’ Peapod Foundation and his i.am.angel Foundation.
As soon as The Black Eyes Peas sold 100,000 albums, Will set up the Peapod Foundation, soon outfitting inner city kids’ clubs with media gear, studios, cameras and editing bays. “Education is the most important thing,” he added. “And making the youth realise how powerful they are.”
Will insists that his long-standing desire to help others stems back to his upbringing in LA. One of four siblings growing up in the projects, his mother and uncle both worked at the local community centre “keeping kids outta gangs”, his aunt worked at a homeless shelter and his grandma at the City of Hope Medical Center.
“My family, that’s what they do, they go out and help,” he added.
To read the full interview with Will.i.am, buy this week’s Big Issue, on sale now