Tinie Tempah still does his chores
Published 08/10/2010 | 11:54
Tinie Tempah has revealed his mum wouldn't let him celebrate his No 1 victory too long - because he had to do his chores.
The 21-year-old rapper has just celebrated his third UK No 1 this year with new single Written In The Stars, but as he was living at home with his mum until a few months ago, she was quick to bring him back down to earth.
Tinie told The Daily Mirror: "When I got a No 1, she rang me up and was like, 'You've got a No 1, I'm really proud of you but don't get too carried away - you still have your congestion charge bill downstairs that you have to pay'."
He added: "Mum would always tell me off if I didn't wash the dishes or something."
Tinie, who was born Patrick Chukwuem Okogwu Jr, worked in double-glazing telesales to fund his first music video for promotional single Wifey, which topped the Channel U urban chart for 10 weeks in 2006. He went on to be signed by Parlophone in October 2009 and his success has made him a role model to young people.
The musician, whose back up plan is to go to university to study English Literature, said: "I'm quite chuffed people see me like that. I don't want to go in to schools and be like, 'Stay in school, don't do drugs, stay out of trouble'.
"I think that's a bit patronising. Hopefully, young people will see that you can be young and make the sacrifices to follow your dreams. A lot of young people have all these aspirations but many of them don't believe they're possible."