Count pop star Akon among the celebrities who refuse to tell their real age. The Senegalese singer claims he doesn’t know how old he is anyway, and that’s fine with him.
“All it’s going to do is depress me,” he told The Associated Press in a recent interview. “I don’t want to know I’m getting older. Then I’ll start to think about getting checkups and insurance. I don’t want that.”
Various reports have put his age between 25 to 35 years old. In 2006, he said he was 25. But now, he claims his birth certificate shows he was born on April 16, 1977, which would make him 31.
Akon has long been accused of trying to push back his age. But the singer, who was born in the United States but spent his early life in Senegal, where his family is from, says he never knew it. “In Africa … age is not important over there. They don’t care. People only focus on it here (America) and in Europe,” he said.
The artist answers age questions by giving people a figure that comes to mind. “I feel like I’m 21 right now,” he says. “And I’ll be 21 for the next 10 years.”