Cee Lo Green: ‘My Weird Looks Turned Me Into A Street Thug’

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September 19, 2013 | 7:25am EST

Cee Lo Green turned to the thug life as a kid because he felt awkward and out of place.
The Forget You singer has opened up about his mean streak in a new biography co-authored by music writer David Wild, and he admits he turned to crime to empower himself.
He says, “My body was too short, my head was too big, I was strange and I dressed different.
“At an age when other kids might be out selling lemonade, I stole my a** off.”
Green, real name Thomas DeCarlo Callaway, tells the Globe he mugged people at gunpoint and “wanted to be a killer”.
He adds, “People who are brilliant-minded need a creative outlet. To feel endowed enough to take something from somebody is very empowering.”
Green’s new memoir, titled Everybody’s Brother, is out now.