Tyrese Gibson His Faith, His Musicâ€¦and More!
One-on-One with Tyrese Gibson
His Faith, His Musicâ€¦and â€œWhat Heâ€™s Looking for in the Ultimate Lady!â€
In a recent phone interview with GT Publisher, Teresa Hairston, Tyrese had this to say:
â€œWho are you to throw stones at others? When you choose to get closer to God and get rid of things that arenâ€™t considered â€œgoodâ€ you still canâ€™t judge other people.
GT: Whatâ€™s your relationship with your pastor, Bishop Kenneth Ulmer (Faithful Central, Los Angeles, CA)
Tyrese: I donâ€™t go to church just to go. My pastor (Bishop Ulmer) has impacted my life in a very powerful way; I actually feel closer to God through him. Heâ€™s such a sincere, transparent, loyal man of God! I know that youâ€™re not supposed to depend on man, and just depend on Jesus, but Iâ€™d like to believe that the way heâ€™s representing God has drawn people closer to God. Itâ€™s because of Bishop Ulmer that I have come to the conclusion that I may on that podium! Iâ€™m very inspired by his conviction.
GT: How do you live your faith in the mainstream music and movie industry?
Tyrese: I canâ€™t be great or be considered great without my source. As an R&B artist, and as an actor who loves God as much as I do, you set yourself up to be judged and ridiculedâ€”because Christians can be very judgmental. Itâ€™s important that my walk with God matches my talk.
GT: Tell me about your Christian â€œbackgroundâ€
Tyrese: I grew up in the church. My momma used to take me to church all the time and I sang in the choir. I didnâ€™t know I had a gift for singing whatsoever, because I wasnâ€™t a lead singer, I was just one of many. But back then, it wasnâ€™t fun to go to church, it was more of a responsibility. Like â€˜Ah Mom, we gotta go to church?â€™
I was the hyper kid. I had attention deficit issues and sitting at church just made me sleepy. It wasnâ€™t a good experience as a kid.
One Sunday, my mother said â€˜Go up there and get saved.â€™ She told me to do it, and I did it just because she told me to. But when I [really] got saved, about 15 years ago, I just got to a point that even though my career was flowing, I just was feeling weak in a lot of different areas, and even back then, my prayers were, â€˜God, bless me to see the invisible. Give me clarity and cover me. Order my footsteps in the direction you want me to walk in.â€™
GT: Youâ€™ve had an amazing career! How have you managed to hold it all together?
Tyrese: Itâ€™s really only by Godâ€™s favor on my life that Iâ€™ve been able to extend a 30-second Coca-Cola commercial into over 15 years of some form of show business that keeps me relevant and moving forward. I canâ€™t even understand it; I canâ€™t put words to it. I mean, Iâ€™m working my butt offâ€”nobodyâ€™s given me nothing! But itâ€™s really amazing!
GT: Have you changed/adjusted your â€œmainstreamâ€ music choices because of your faith?
Tyrese: Right now, Iâ€™m doing another album and I have a song thatâ€™s dedicated to my faith, but itâ€™s an R&B albumâ€”Iâ€™m just being myself.
GT: What qualities would be found in the â€œultimateâ€ woman for you?
Tyrese: I love class. Iâ€™d love an educated, forward thinking woman who is in tune with her femininity. I want a woman with tact as well as integrity. sheâ€™d have to be confident, but able to see beyond materialistic things and money. Why do most women associate a man being a good man because of what heâ€™s driving? I want a woman to see me and see the value in me and who I am as a man. My car doesnâ€™t make me great. A nice suit doesnâ€™t mean Iâ€™m a good man.
I was talking to a blind man, and I asked him, â€˜if you could have your eyesight, would you want it?â€™ and he said, â€˜No.â€™ I asked him â€˜Why?â€™ and he said, â€˜because most people with eyesight still canâ€™t see.â€™ That helped me. Now, I listen to people. I pay attention to their inner-man, to their spirits and their vibes.
GT: What do you want your legacy to be?
I want people to be able to say that my value as a man of God was not associated with my bank account or the things that I possessed. I purposely decided to wake up everyday to be the best version of me that I can be. I wasnâ€™t willing to sacrifice my faith in God, my sexuality, my manhood or my integrity to get to the next level in my career. if God isnâ€™t in it, it wont last.
I believe that before I was born God created a blueprint for my life.
You have to wake up every single day with your mind set and a mission in place to get to where youâ€™re going. God ultimately orders your footsteps, but when Iâ€™m gone I want to be able to say that while I was here, I took advantage of every possible, potential concept, idea, vision and dream that God sent my way; or did I allow my environment or my family or my friends to talk me out of my vision.