Pharrell Williams not so ‘Happy’? Star overcome with emotion and sheer weight of hat as he cries his eyes out on Oprah
Was it the emotion he felt watching fans from around the world dancing to his hit record “Happy” or the sheer weight of his enormous hat, pressing down on his forehead and stimulating his tear ducts?
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It started cheerfully enough, with Williams describing his surprise at the phenomenal success of the single.
“Zero air-play, nothing. And the next thing you know, we put out the video on November 21 and all of a sudden—boom. I mean, when I say boom, I mean boooooom,” he told Oprah.
“And we were like, what's happening? First of all, people are putting up their own videos. It was like no longer my song.”
Cue Winfrey indulging the star by showing him a montage of fan-made videos, recorded in Germany, Dakar and the Philippines, to name but a handful of the destinations.
Midway through, Williams is overcome with joy and starts crying.
“You know, I was just thinking about your grandmother. I bet she didn't even imagine that,” Oprah tells him, now swinging from his heartstrings.
“Why am I crying on Oprah?” he forces out through tear-streaked cheeks.
Answers ranged from the obvious (the video) to the fact he had his look well and truly stolen by a veritable YouTube icon at the MTV Movie Awards:
“It's being used for something that's greater than yourself. I get that,” Winfrey responds, clearing things up a little.
“It's overwhelming because it's like I love what I do,” Pharrell replied. “And I just appreciate the fact that people have believed in me for so long, that I could make it to this point to feel that.”
“I so now get why it's so infectious because it came from such a clear space,” Winfrey continued. “That the energy was absolutely uninterrupted by anything other than allowing it to flow from heart to heart. And that's what happens when you see it.”
The two continued with a gushing exchange on Twitter, which we won’t subject you to, but in which Williams describes Winfrey as “radiant”, and Winfrey says it’s the best interview she’s ever done.
Williams was recently forced to clear up rumours that he was a vampire, following a spate of internet memes attempting to explain his seemingly eternal youth.
“I'm willing to go on record as saying that I don't drink people's blood,” he told Time Out magazine.
“How do I stay so young-looking for a 40-year-old?” he added. “I wash my face.”
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