Unlike most 22-year-olds, rising princess of R&B, Tinashe still lives at home with her parents and siblings, when she’s not on the road. The latest Complex cover girl attributes a lot of her success to the support of her family: her natural, birth family, and her manager’s family.
Her managers, Mike and Ali Nazzaro, are a married couple with whom Tinashe finds similar values with. Tinashe is godmother to their 2-year-old daughter. The similar values in which were instilled in her by her family, she finds in her “business family.”
“The fact that they’re a close-knit family works so well with me and what’s important to me,” Tinashe says. “That we have similar values makes it easy. We have similar goals.”
Tinashe’s family is now starting to reap the effects of success, as seen by their daughter and sister’s increasing fame.
“We go out now, and a group of people will gather around her,” Aimie, Tinashe’s mother says. “Now I get [the appeal of] gated communities. People leave you alone.” Michael, Tinashe’s father counters: “That seems like more loneliness.”
In regards to her music and writing songs, Tinashe draws from her own experiences, as well as those of her friends, things she witnesses and she narrates them into relatable experiences.
“Everyone wants to think that everything you do is a reflection of who you are. It’s not always that deep. I’ve definitely had a particular life that many haven’t. I think that it’s important to share your story but also to be able to find the relatability [in the stories of others]. Because it’s important to me to be able to relate to my fans.”
For this superstar, this life is “it.” Sink or swim, because for Tinashe there is no Plan B, no going back, only forward.
“I have no Plan B. I’ve set this up so that my entire life is based on this, and if this fails I have nothing else. No career options. No life options. I’ve sacrificed so much for this; failure is so beyond an option. There can only be setbacks. It’ll eventually work because it can’t not work. And it’s never a fully hopeless situation, because I’ll always have some support.”
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