Migos star Offset is opening up about losing Takeoff and how he is dealing with the overwhelming grief.
The Grammy-nominated rapper spoke with Variety ahead of his forthcoming project. During that talk, he got emotional as he reflected on his group members’ November 2022 death. According to Offset, whose real name is Kiari Cephus, he typically avoids addressing the senseless murder altogether.
“It’s hard for me to talk about s**t right now. I’ve never talked about this stuff,” he confessed.
The 31-year-old got to know Quavo and Takeoff in childhood and remained close friends with them for nearly 20 years, forming Migos together. The three men went on to become one of hip-hop’s most prominent groups until confirming their split in 2022. Though Migos no longer created music as a trio, Take and Offset were still very close. Offset’s upcoming album will feature the last song he and Takeoff recorded together before his death. Still, Offset says the loss feels unreal.
“That s**t feels fake, bro. I get through my day thinking it’s fake. And I don’t say nothing to nobody about it,” he admitted before telling the interviewer with Variety that he needed to take a break, visibly upset at the thought of his dear friend. He ended the talk soon after.
Takeoff was killed during a fight at a private party alongside Quavo. According to witnesses, he was an innocent bystander to an altercation taking place. Patrick Xavier Clark has been accused of killing Takeoff and has been released on a $1 million bond. Unfortunately, Quavo and Offset no longer speak to one another.