Pharrell Williams is one eclectic guy. The heralded producer/artist/designer, among other gigs, recently sat down with BULLETT magazine and discussed assorted topics including the motivation behind his Qream liqueur (“It’s less like a milkshake and more like Yoo-hoo.”), his i Am Other brand and his forthcoming book, Pharrell: Places and Spaces I’ve Been. There was also chatter about losing his virginity at 16 to an older woman. Also, besides working with Frank Ocean, T.I. and Earl Sweatshirt, Pha-Real spoke extensively about working with Miley Cyrus.
“I’m Morpheus, and she’s Neo,” he says of the former Hannah Montana star. “I can’t tell her what to do, I can only let her find it within herself.” That wasn’t too hard, since Cyrus is “an old soul” who went into the studio knowing exactly what she wanted. He keeps gushing: “Her voice is unreal. She’s got that amazing low tone. It sings like it’s from ’79. I don’t usually compliment my own stuff, but it’s unlike anything she’s ever done before. And I have a lot of respect for her—don’t care what anyone says. ‘Party in the U.S.A.’ was a big record. She challenged the pop world with that song.” Despite all of this, Williams (who was in talks to join Mariah Carey as one of the new judges on American Idol when this issue went to print) tells me that he is as dedicated to “girl-watching” as he is to being in “creative mode.” He sees his occupation as full-time voyeur—observing, listening, learning—and part-time “perv.”
That’s when the N.E.R.D. rapper/singer, who is now engaged to model Helen Lasichanh, spoke at length about his old taste for “cougars.”
Williams likes to tell the story of how he lost his virginity at 16 to an older woman. “I didn’t lose it,” he clarifies. “I gave it away. I know exactly where it is.” He’s had a lifelong fascination with older women, he says, “because I used to look at my teachers. There were several high school teachers I wanted to have my way with.” He didn’t actually get with them, but says, “I mean, that would have been awesome.” He did, however, find other older women to suit his particular desires. “I had fun with those really good cougars, dude. They had that quiet purr that you just feel.” He likens his time with these women to Ralph Macchio’s training sequences in The Karate Kid. “That kid didn’t feel like washing the car, but he had no idea that was going to protect him one day. A lot of it, I was like, So this is how you play chess? Okay, cool, let’s go to bed. I didn’t know they’d teach me how to treat women, but they did. They taught me how to talk to girls, how to speak to them, like a specific language.”
Read the full Bullett feature here and check out the photos in the gallery. Is son rocking a Louis Vuitton rug as a scarf, though?
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