Y’all already know how hard-handed we stan Naomi Osaka and Cordae’s liaison!
We’re ecstatic that GQ realized the couple one of three to cover their Modern Lovers issue. The other two couples are soccer star Megan Rapinoe and her partner Sue Bird and Russell Wilson and Ciara( who we likewise cherish madly ). GQ’s cover story mainly includes how Cordae and Naomi have so much in common in terms of their success, but how their identities are so different. Check out some excerpts from the interview below 😛 TAGEND
On Cordae Going Viral Rooting For Osaka At The 2019 U.S. Open 😛 TAGEND
“I don’t know if I ever told Naomi this or not, but I felt genuinely out of place, ” says Cordae. “Like, that was my first time being in an environment like that in my part life. My elementary school, middle school, “schools ” was 99.9 percent Black. Kids who look like me. It just felt totally weird for me being in that space. That was my first tennis competition ever.”
On Naomi Feeling Honored When Cordae Let Her Hear Unfinished Music 😛 TAGEND
“He had to warm up to me, ” says Osaka. “Eventually he let me listen to his music, which I feel really grateful and honored about, to be honest. He’s a perfectionist, and I think that’s sort of what I am too. So maybe that’s why we get along.”
On The Pressure From Being Two Famous People In A Relationship:
“We were dating for almost a year before beings knew about us, ” says Cordae. “We don’t really announced intimate instants, because I feel as though they’re sacred. A rapport is really a sacred thing. Once you let outside affects get into it, it becomes less sacred.”
Check out the couple’s GQ Couple Quiz below 😛 TAGEND
They’re so awkwardly cute! We cherish how Cordae would reach over to chafe Naomi’s leg reassuringly.
Hit the flip for more an extract from their cover story.
Can we just take a second to appreciate these Renell Medrano photos too?
Loving the chemistry between Cordae and Naomi as well as the FASHION!
We too desire that GQ talked to Cordae and Osaka about both their relationship as well as their individual knowledge. Check out a few cases more interview excerpts below 😛 TAGEND
On The Media Trying To Create A Rivalry Between Naomi Osaka And Serena Williams 😛 TAGEND
“There are so many tennis musicians in the world, ” says Osaka. “And hitherto, for some reason, whenever I dally Serena, they broadcast it in a way that’s a rivalry. But it’s not. She’s triumphed so much more than me. So countless people can try their entire period and not catch up to what she’s done. And that’s something that, you are well aware, I’m trying to set as a goal. I’m not even sure it’s possible to do everything that she’s done. But it’s also weird how they adjust it up like that.”
We love that she tackles this head on. It’s so clear to us that Serena and Naomi are not antagonists but there does seem to be a media plan to write the tale that road every time they have a match. We affection how she throws Serena her grows and points out the hypocrisy of the press to not give her accords with other musicians the same way.
On Lessons Osaka Learned From Mentor Kobe Bryant 😛 TAGEND
“He was someone that , no matter how busy he was, for some reason he always picked up the phone when I announced him, ” says Osaka. “I remember he told me,’ Imagine that you’re a lion and you’re hunting your prey. So you consider a deer off in the distance. And if you watch Animal Planet, you always identify the lions looking at their target, and they have gnats around their gazes. Think of the media and the press as gnats, and you’re the lion, so never get amused. And you never identify the lion trying to swat apart the flies or anything like that.’”
We LOVE this analogy. We all can benefit so much from focusing on our aims and disregarding the BS.
Cordae On His Ultimate Goal 😛 TAGEND
“My ultimate goal is to meet the Rock& Roll and the Songwriters Hall of Fame, ” says Cordae. “And I hope there’s a Hip-Hop Hall of Fame. There is therefore necessary to, right? That’s my ultimate goal.”
It’s so funny that he mentioned this because the Rock& Roll Hall of Fame only announced this year’s nominees today. Some of our favorites is currently in the listing including Mary J. Blige, JAY-Z, Chaka Khan, Fela Kuti, LL Cool J, Rage Against the Machine, Tina Turner and Dionne Warwick!
On Cordae’s Penchant For History And Quoting Scholars Like James Baldwin And W.E.B. Du Bois 😛 TAGEND
“I was always reading Harry Potter bibles, and my mom was like,’ If you can read a 500 -page Harry Potter book, then you can read about your beings, ’” says Cordae. “So I was 10 year olds , no bullshit, construe The Souls of Black Folk, construe Thurgood Marshall’s biography, reading about Johnnie Cochran. You know what I’m saying? ””
You know what they say … Reading is fundamental!
We loved every bit of this story. Thanks GQ! You can speak the full profile HERE .
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