‘It Was Hard to Eat’: Common Reveals Erykah Badu Relationship Destroyed Him, Says He Couldn’t Eat After Going Through The Breakup

Common and Erykah Badu were once Hip-Hop’s “it” couple as their love seemed organic and real.  So much so, the former couple immortalized their love with their hit single “Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip-Hop)” which became a top-ten charting hit on the Billboard charts.   

As with many, breakups can be a very hard thing to deal with, some being harder than others.  What many did not know is how much the breakup between Common and Erykah Badu affected him.  Recently, he opened up to PEOPLE about the heartbreak he experienced following the relationship’s end in 2002. 

“Some of the hardest work I’ve done on myself has been after breakups,” said the rapper.  “With Erykah Badu, that was my first love where you’re just open and floating. When we split, I was 27 or 28. I was in a haze, just going through the motions. It was hard to eat.”   

Still reflecting, Common shared with the magazine that he does not blame Badu for their split.  “It wasn’t her fault, the relationship just didn’t go forward.” 

Badu, while on The Breakfast Club, also shared her account of their relationship recently.  Co-host Angela Yee probed the “Tyrone” singer about Common and the break-up, asking her for clarification after Common told them that she had called him to simply tell him, “I don’t want to be with you anymore.” 

“That’s not true,” Badu began. “You know I never got a chance to say anything. I tried to break up with him so many times. That was the last time.”  While they joked that light-skinned men are hard to break up with, Badu admits that Common “didn’t believe it” initially.  

After confessing that she had been exaggerating, she shared the reason for their breakup in her words. “It was just kind of like, we were growing apart. We hadn’t seen each other in a little while. I told him that I needed space… I tried to do the fade-out. But I ended up putting myself in a trick bag. But you know, me and Common are still very close too. He’s really sweet. He’s the most compassionate human being I’ve ever met, I think. Very kind…hearted. But it’s all about chemistry, you gotta have chemistry.” 

She added, “If the chemistry was never there, it was just never there. But you know there’s a process that you take to get to know people. You know, you date people. There’s certain things that are awesome and certain things that really don’t mesh with you. In Common’s case, he’s just awesome all the way around, just the chemistry’s a little different.” 

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