Will.I.Am, the rapper and TV personality, is known for his many passions and enthusiasm – after rising to prominence through his music, the record producer has begun to channel his considerable platform to promoting technology and, more recently, plant-based living.
Since converting to veganism in late 2017, Will.I.Am has enthused far and wide about the benefits of living animal products of one’s plate – in an appearance on ITV’s Loose Women, he recalled his health under a carnivorous diet:
My immune system was weak and I was eating whatever I could eat for energy,” he said, “my sleeping patterns were really off, I’d have two and half hours, wake up, go to work, have a nap.
This stands in marked contrast to how he feels since becoming plant-powered:
My blood pressure and cholesterol came down without having to take medicine, my nasal drip has gone, both my nostrils are working – as I always had one nostril that didn’t work, No more nasal drip no more acid reflux.
As with many celebrities (such as Penn Jillette) who have become vegan for health reasons, Will.I.Am soon began to appraise the ethics of killing animals for food too:
If we didn’t have these fancy utensils, would I have the ability to go up to a living creature and like, savagely kill it to eat it? Could I do that? I started thinking about animals, did I really need them? Turns out you don’t.
Will.I.Am, born William James Adam Jr in 1975, is one of the founding member of the globally successful group The Black Eyed Peas and a producer who has worked with talent as diverse as Michael Jackson, U2, Nicki Minaj and vegan icon Miley Cyrus. As of December 2018, Will.I.Am has been involved with 41 Top 40 singles and sold 9.4 million singles in the UK.
Away from music, Will.I.Am has become a regular on UK television in a recurring role as a host on The Voice, launched a fashion line, dabbled in entrepreneurship and become involved in several philanthropic efforts. In recent interviews, though, Will.I.Am has been most enthused with promoting plant-based living.
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