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  /  10.13.2022

Akon has a shocking revelation. The singer admitted that at the beginning of his career, he would use his brother Abou Thiam as a body double when he was overbooked for shows.

“Bu was my double. He was my double,” said the “Locked Up” crooner during an interview with “The Morning Hustle” last week. “This was before the internet. If you saw Abou in one place and you saw me, you couldn’t tell the difference.” Furthermore, Akon’s sibling would even assist him with interviews. “He would do shows for me. I can say it now because it’s been some years,” Akon confessed. “Sometimes I would be double booked and I would send Abou to one radio show while I’m doing another radio show.”

Akon quickly enlisted his brother to be a stand-in when he realized all the money that he was missing out on from having to turn down shows. “Bu started off as my hype man on the road. And yeah, I used to get so… we was booked so [much] and I was like, ‘Man, all this money I’m leaving on the table. We cannot leave all this money on the table.'” In fact, he can now chuckle about the fact that his younger brother would step in to help him. “It’s interesting,” the “I Wanna Love You” singer continued. “Now I go back to so many stations and we used to have these conversations, now we laugh about it.”

Now that Akon has revealed his truth, Black Twitter has reacted to the singer’s revelation. “Akon, Akun, [and] Acorn been fooling the music industry, was he even really locked up?” asked one user. “Or was that another brother ARob?” Another person added, “I don’t know who Akon is trying to fool cause they look nothing alike.”

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