50 Cent Opens Up On Love, Says “Fame Tainted My Friendships”


(AllHipHop News) 50 Cent has tainted friendships by offering pals jobs, as to not be accused of “leaving everyone behind.”

The “In Da Club” rapper rose to fame quickly in the early 2000s with the help of Eminem and Dr. Dre, which saw his lifestyle change rapidly – he once lived in Mike Tyson’s former mansion in Connecticut.

Quizzed on whether he extended invites to old friends to join him on his journey up, 50  – real name Curtis Jackson – admitted he struggled to figure out how to handle the situation at first.

“I went from a basement apartment in Queens to a 50,000-square-foot house, and when you’re successful, it’s valuable to have people around who represent what was there before all the confusion started,” he told Vanity Fair. “But you know what happens? If you don’t take people with you, they say you left everyone behind. And if you get them involved in your businesses and provide an opportunity for them to better their life, they become someone who works for you. Then that taints the relationship.”

The 40-year-old rapper has experienced plenty of ups and downs in his life so far, such as being shot nine times and filing for bankruptcy. That hasn’t held him back though as 50 has even branched into acting, most recently playing a boxing manager in 2015’s “Southpaw” opposite Jake Gyllenhaal.

His love life has been turbulent and he isn’t sure whether he’ll ever tie the knot.

“Yes (I dated Chelsea Handler), for eight months,” he said. “If you’re around her long enough, to know her is to love her. She has a captivating personality; she’s just totally honest – do you know how difficult that can be?

“I’m not sure (whether I’ll get married). I do want the friendship that I think can be priceless, and if that’s what comes along with it, I’ll take that.”