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D’Angelo: 'Female fans made me feel like a male stripper'

'OBJECTIFIED': R&B singer D'Angelo

R&B LEGEND D’Angelo has discussed what it feels like to be "objectified" by his fans.

Last week, the R&B crooner appeared on The Tavis Smiley Show in his first television interview in over a decade.

During the two-part conversation, the Grammy Award-winner discussed various topics, including how he felt “objectified” by female fans following the release of his 2000 video Untitled, which famously shows the singer performing topless.

“It would bother me...A lot of times the crowd -- or a lot of the ladies were just screaming, ‘Take it off.’ And I kind of felt like, for lack of a better thing, like a male stripper, you know? Or I expected to be that,” he said.

“I wasn’t mad at that…but I think that I’m a serious artist. So it’s a fine line to walk. But I accept that. This is the realm that we’re in.”

The song - which was featured on D’Angelo’s second album Voodoo ultimately went on to receive Grammy Awards in 2001 for Best Male R&B Vocal Performance and Best R&B Album.

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