M.I.A. says she is a born again Christian after experiencing a vision of Jesus Christ.
The UK artist sat down with Zane Lowe for an in-depth interview on Apple Music 1, discussing her recent single, and her future plans.
The conversation took a turn for the spiritual, however, with M.I.A. discussing a "weird spiritual experience".
Revealing that she believes she has had a vision of Christ, which she says was "creatively crazy".
"I had like a weird spiritual experience," she told the host. "One of the first people I told was Richard Russell actually. It was like back in 2017. Since then, my head has been in a totally different place. Being a Tamil and being a Hindu, I was very comfortable that I'd arrived finding myself. Which is, I think, going to be weird for America to process. But I had a vision and I saw the vision of Jesus Christ. It's very, creatively it's a very crazy thing because it turned my world upside down. Because everything I thought and believed was no longer the case. And I think that was maybe a sign that something major was going to happen in the world and that people were needing to be introduced to this concept. But I always found the concept of Christianity quite basic."
The host pointed out that her words would lead people to believe that she had become a born again Christian, something M.I.A. actually embraced.
"I am. I'm not going to lie. Then when I had this vision, it turned my world upside down. I kind of couldn't let go of the Tamil side. I think that's why 50% of the record is sort of like that. Because I'm still me. That's still my language. And those are still my tools to be able to create beats like that or a sound like that. But I think the message was just to get to a peaceful place.Watch the space. The history is, even if it costs me my career, I won't lie. I will tell the truth, and I will tell you what's on my mind and my heart. If I'm coming back now saying Jesus is real, there's a point. Basically all of my fans might turn against me…"
'The One' is out now.
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