He may now live in Chelsea and list Prince William amongst his gym buddies but Stormzy is never far away form his roots.
The award winning grime artist was spotted going in to Blue and Orange restaurant on the High Street on Sunday and was happy to pose for selfies with locals.
The night before (Sat) an interview on ITV’s Jonathan Ross show was aired in which he
recalled how he was recognised by Prince William after bumping in to him on the stairs of his gym and said to himself: ‘bruv you’re going up in the f**ing world.”
Stormzy, who grew up in Thornton Heath, said he heard his name being called and turned around and on seeing the Royal heir to the throne, responded with: ‘wow what’s going on Prince.’
He also recently appeared on the front cover of Time magazine in an article about the next generation of leaders because of his aspiring and inspirational work promoting education and supporting future black leaders get in to Cambridge.
His second album, Heavy Is The Head (pictured above), will be released on December 13 and has also revealed plans for an extensive, 55-date world tour in 2020.
He told how he “balled his eyes out” after appearing on the stage at Glastonbury.
He said playing Glastonbury was the ‘worst thing ever’ because after 20 minutes his sound blew and he couldn’t hear anything not the music, the DJ or himself singing for over an hour. He said he was ‘literally in no mans land’ and that when he came off stage: “I was absolutely heartbroken. I had not cried like that since primary school.”
His friends tried to calm him down and after about an hour a memory stick produced for him to watch what was hailed by audiences and the music industry as a show stopping performance.
“It was the craziest thing …I could not believe it actually went well. Looking back it was the greatest moment of my life.”
He went on to talk about how he prevented his hero Jay-Z from appearing on his song with Ed Sheeran, Take Me Back to London
I was like, ‘I know how it goes, Mr Z – You are the most brilliant, busy man and I will probably never get this opportunity ever again but hand on my heart, I don’t think this is the right song for us – I don’t know why I’m saying this to you but this is not the song’.
“Jay-Z was super proud and super shocked and taken aback by the fact that this kid told him,” he added.