Hackney rapper Professor Green, said he was “petrified” about sharing his emotional struggle after his father committed suicide in 2008. Speaking at the Being a Man Festival at the Southbank Centre in London, he said he now felt the decision to be more open about his sorrow was “empowering”. chose to front a BBC documentary exploring male suicide, mental health and depression.
The festival aimed to “celebrate and interrogate masculinity”. During a wide-ranging talk, Professor Green said it was “bittersweet” to learn how many men were suffering in silence after his show was broadcasted.
He told the audience he was “gentle”, despite a perceived image of being “hard” and agreed there was a pressure at times for rappers to portray themselves with a tough image. The 32-year-old, who was raised by his grandmother, also said living in a single-parent family, where a father-figure is lacking, could lead to young men being forced to bottle their feelings.