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Chance the Rapper on Celibacy: ‘It Saved My Life’

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Chance the Rapper, the groundbreaking artist known for “Blessings” and other hits recently opened up how his wife pointed him to celibacy and eventually baptism—saving his life.


Chance the Rapper, the groundbreaking artist known for Blessings and other hits recently opened up about the key to his path toward healing and strength—his wife. In an interview with Nicki Minaj on Queen Radio to discuss his newly released album The Big Day Chance dove into the meaning of the song We Go High according to Essence.

He explains the song describes his wedding earlier this year to now-wife Kirsten Corley. In the interview, Chance shares gratitude to his wife for establishing celibacy in their relationship and leading him to eventually be baptized.

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MSN quotes Chance sharing: “I need you to hear one song on my album that has my best verse that I written in my life, It’s called We Go High. I explain that my wife literally saved my life by becoming celibate and going and getting baptized.”

“It changed her life obviously, but we talking about me right now. It changed my life for real… Now I know exactly where my strength comes from.”

The rapper hasn’t been shy about his Christian faith as evidence of the highly gospel-infused album Coloring Book which includes hits he’s penned and performed with legendary Gospel musician Kirk Franklin.

Chance has managed the unique feat of authentically expressing his faith in his music without finding himself forced into a Christian genre.

The crossover legend became proof of that as he lead the audience, and viewers around the world, in a full-fledged worship performance of How Great Is Our God to close out the Grammys in 2017. He even posted and encouraged his over 10 million Instagram followers to join him in studying the Bible on his first spiritual sabbatical. He documented and shared scripture throughout the experience for followers to read/study along.

He and wife Kristen have a 3-year old daughter and are now expecting a second child.