NEW YORK, NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 26: Pharrell Williams speaks onstage during Global Citizen Presents Global Goal Live: The Possible Dream at St. Ann’s Warehouse on September 26, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Theo Wargo/Getty Images for Global Citizen)

Pharrell Williams covers GQ‘s New Masculinity issue, and gets very candid when discussing the song “Blurred Lines,” and the idea that people have been referring to it as being “rapey.”

@Pharrell covers GQ's New Masculinity issue, an exploration of identity, culture, and style in 2019. Read the cover story and see all the photos at the link in bio. Photographed by @micaiahcarter, styled by @mobolajidawodu.

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Pharrell explains, “I realized that there are men who use that same language when taking advantage of a woman, and it doesn’t matter that that’s not my behavior. Or the way I think about things. It just matters how it affects women. And I was like, ‘Got it. I get it. Cool.’ My mind opened up to what was actually being said in the song and how it could make someone feel.”

Pharrell also adds, “I realized that we live in a chauvinist culture in our country. Hadn’t realized that. Didn’t realize that some of my songs catered to that.”


Pharrell also talks about how much he’s grown, musically. “Song content. Some of my old songs, I would never write or sing today. I get embarrassed by some of that stuff. It just took a lot of time and growth to get to that place.”

On the topic of fashion, he discusses his style and how it has touches on being gender-fluid. “It started with the ‘I can pull that off’ thing. I wore a lot of Chanel, and I wore tons of Celine. Like, I got all the O.G. Celine. Because they were clothes I could fit in. When you listen to yourself and you’re comfortable in who you are, you wear what you feel like fits and looks right on you. And that’s it.”