Common explained Rye’s influence on him as he made the rounds to promote his new movie, “Hunter Killer.”
“First of all, I learned that she’s just an amazing, incredible woman,” he told Essence magazine Thursday, Nov. 1. “Love is a beautiful thing … It’s also a process and a journey to get to understanding how to be full in a relationship and be a full and complete person as much as possible.
“And I learned it’s just fun to have a partner who you can really enjoy to really be friends with and all of the above,” he added. “So, Angela, she’s an incredible woman.”
Rye and Common called it quits in March after being spotted at various events together late last year, including the Creative Arts Emmys in September, the ACLU SoCal’s Annual Bill Of Rights Dinner in December and the January premiere of Common’s Showtime series, “The Chi.”
At the time of their break-up, Common kept quiet while Rye released a statement to Page Six, sharing the love for her former flame.
“We have and will always be friends,” she said to the publication. “He is an amazing human being, and I’m a much better person because he’s a part of my life. May we all keep loving and living.”
Common sharing similar, glowing sentiments about Rye months after his very different remarks about singer Erykah Badu, whom the rapper dated for two years beginning in 2000.
“I discovered I didn’t truly believe in myself wholeheartedly with every morsel that I had in my body, and I discovered that through a breakup. I was in a relationship with Erykah Badu,” he said during a March chat at the University of Colorado-Boulder. “When we did break up, one of the most important things I discovered was that I was scared to wear my greatness … Which meant I could be in a relationship and dim my light for others.”