It has been clear for some time that there was something on Donald Glover’s mind. The once-loquacious actor / writer, forever known in our hearts as Troy Barnes from “Community,” has become increasingly quiet as of late when it comes to giving interviews, especially with any mainstream publication that has to do with television.
But, Glover did break his interview silence-of-sorts following his recent rant on Instagram to offer up some sort of explanation as to what he was doing. In this rant (which you can see here), he explained at length how he feels like a disappointment at times, how he doesn’t want to be hated, and also some of his anxiety that he has prior to the release of a new album and a TV series that is awaiting a decision over at FX.
Take a look at his full statement courtesy of People Magazine below:
“That night, we had a show, and then afterwards, I had this moment of feeling like, ‘What’s the point? Why am I even here?’ I just wanted to write down my feelings. I definitely was just expressing myself.”
“… If I’m depressed, everybody’s depressed. I don’t think those feelings are that different from what everybody’s feeling. Most people just don’t tell everybody. I was just tired of telling people I was tired. It felt like every day someone would ask, ‘What’s wrong. Are you OK?’ And I would say, ‘I’m tired, I’m tired.’ I didn’t want to do that anymore. I guess sometimes not telling the truth is just as bad as telling a lie.”
Glover declined to comment about his statement that he did not leave “Community” this year solely to pursue rap, nor did he address his fear that creator Dan Harmon hates him. (Harmon posted on Twitter that the two have exchanged text messages recently, and that they are doing fine.)
The interesting thing here is that in some ways, we actually see there being many similarities between Glover and Harmon. While the former may be a little better at not sticking his foot in his mouth, both are incredibly talented, brilliantly smart people who know how to make success for themselves. However, when you have this level of brilliance, there are also some demons that come along with it. Donald in particular has been forced to deal with identity issues in the public eye, as so many people choose to identify him as just one thing, when in fact he is so much more than that.
On a more pleasant note, click here to catch a few updates as to what is coming on “Community” season 5.