“Yep, I have had the experience of being homeless. I had slept in cars for a minute. I was homeless throughout the whole year,” the Harlem native said at an Irving Plaza show to benefit Hoodies for the Homeless. “It was more [that] I did not want to ask my moms and pops at the time [for help], and I felt like I was grown so I went through my little phase.”
But even though he was down on his luck, “I am not going to lie — my looks helped me,” he added. “I stayed with a couple of girls . . . shout-out to them, they know who they are.”
After Nicki Minaj mentioned East in her summer hit “Barbie Dreams,” other celebrities have been reaching out to him via DM.
“Celebrities have hit me up . . . but why would I tell you that?” he mused. “I would never tell on myself . . . You can get caught up in it . . . But after a while, you realize it don’t mean nothing and it just comes and goes.”
East, who briefly dated Christina Milian, said of his fans, “I get a lot of BBW love . . . a lot of big girls hit me up. That’s not really my twist, shout-out to all the big girls, but I have been getting a lot more of big girl love. I love them though.”
Another performer at the event, Styles P of hip-hop group the Lox, told us, “I have been homeless. I lived . . . in one of those motels for a minute — me, my moms, my little brother and sister. Then we made it out and moved to a great neighborhood.”
East and Styles’ new album is called “Beloved.”