The musician was chatting to show presenter Ebuka Obi-Uchendu during an interview.
After winning the inaugural season of Project Fame West Africa and releasing his debut album in 2011, Iyanya gained notoriety.
In the same year, the singer and the music executive Ubi Franklin co-founded the record company MMMG.
Later, in 2016, Iyanya would leave MMMG and briefly accept a contract with Mavin Records.
He and Franklin got into a very publicized argument, although it was later settled in 2021.
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Iyanya claimed in his most recent interview that he took a break from music to reclaim his mental clarity and general wellbeing.
“With hits come pressure; the ups and the downs. Fans don’t see that. But you as an artiste have to tell yourself the truth, take some time off, and do what’s right. It was very intentional for me to leave and come back better” he said.
“For me, I wasn’t ready for all of that. I knew I was going to be famous but I didn’t realise it was going to be that huge. The effects on me weren’t so good at some point. Yeah, of course. [It was a toxic time for me.]
“If you’re not careful, it could break you. It was crazy, mentally and otherwise. When you become a version of yourself that you don’t like, you have to take some time away. It was for about three to four years.
“I had to shut down. I lost my mind. Mentally, I was gone. If I didn’t, I won’t be here today. Ubi Franklin and I made up a long ago but we didn’t say so on social media. The issues that made us fall apart don’t exist anymore.
“I was young and everything happened so fast. Now I know you have to listen to people, especially those giving you advise for growth. Yeah, [I’m in a different headspace. And I’m more mature.]”