Kendrick Lamar, rap’s wunderkid, is engaged to his longtime girlfriend Whitney Alford. I assume they are going to play UGK’s “Int’l Players Anthem,” America’s unofficial official wedding song, to proclaim their baeness to the world because, who doesn’t?
During an interview with Power 105.1’s morning show The Breakfast Club this week, Lamar was asked if the engagement rumors, which have been flying around, are true.
“Yeah, definitely. I’m loyal to the soil,” he said. “At the end of the day you want to always have real people around you, period — whether male or female.
“Everybody that’s been around me has been around since day one and I can’t change that. I don’t change for nobody. I can’t run from it. So I always show respect, when respect is given. People that have been by your side, you’re supposed to honor that.”
Though Lamar stays quiet about he and Alford’s relationship, the couple have been together for nearly ten years, are high school sweethearts and she’s often in the background of his interviews, like his Billboard cover story earlier this year.
He rarely is seen in the clubs, he doesn’t drink a lot or smoke weed, and he has been with his girlfriend, Whitney Alford, since they were both in high school. (She’s also in her late 20s.) She has been spotted with Lamar at the Grammys and in South Africa, and is so at ease sassing him that she joked about him being “cheap” in front of a New York Times reporter. “I wouldn’t even call her my girl,” he says. “That’s my best friend. I don’t even like the term that society has put in the world as far as being a companion — she’s somebody I can tell my fears to.”
Lamar’s also said that Alford doesn’t like the spotlight, which, if they take a page from Beyoncé, LL Cool J or Ice Cube’s marriage books, might help their relationship weather the superstardom that is on the way for Lamar. Congrats!
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