If anyone did a double-take when they saw who was presenting tonight’s Extraordinary Extensions, you weren’t alone.
If you haven’t been keeping up with Tinie Tempah’s life over the last few years you might be pretty shocked to see the South London rapper is now… a property guru?
In his new four-part series for Channel 4, Tinie will be helping British homeowners realise their whacky architectural visions at costs which ‘may appal you’.
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The 32-year-old entrepreneur – real name Patrick Chukwuemeka Okogwu – has always been passionate about architecture and design.
After growing up on a London council estate before launching his singing career in his late teens, the multi-millionaire is now incredibly proud of his own “really cool” property portfolio.
Up until now, Tinie’s passion for property has remained relatively subdued, mostly because “it’s not something you really talk about in your raps”, as he explained in an interview with The Independent earlier this year.
Tinie attributed his interest in architecture to his “working-class” upbringing, which he said instilled an idea that “property was a way that we were able to move up the socio-economic ladder.”
He added: “I came out of a council estate environment and, at 12, my parents bought our first property in Plumstead.
“Fast forward a couple of years, and they’ve got more than a handful.
“I grew up seeing my mum do loads of extensions.”
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The rapper said he was unsure about presenting the show at first, but since all gigs had been cancelled as soon as the pandemic hit, he was “in the studio at home, scratching [his] head,” and eventually decided he was up to the “new challenge” of communicating this other side of himself.
He added: “When you make records, you’re very much at the mercy of people every single time.
“When I’m buying a property or I’m flipping it and trying to sell it, I’m at nobody’s mercy.”
Tinie Tempah described how his favourite aspect of the job is seeing the creativity people put into their house extensions, as “there are almost 100 different ways to flip your house and switch it up and create more space.”
And his career isn’t the only thing that is coming on in leaps and bounds.
In 2018, Tinie married his longtime love Eve De Haan at a surprise ceremony, in a tiny church in the Cotswolds, which only hit the headlines when the nearby school found out who was tying the knot from security.
Eve, a 29-year-old artist from London, is the granddaughter of Sidney De Haan, the founder of Saga.
After Tinie previously admitted he had always wanted a big family, the couple had their first child together, a baby daughter, during the festive season the year before the wedding, and had a second daughter earlier this year.
Tinie keeps his cards close to his chest when it comes to his private life, and once explained to The Daily Star: “The moment you start to display your relationship as a rapper, it’s the beginning of the end.”
In 2016, he said: “I’ve always wanted kids, but it’s only this year that I’ve figured out how to actually do that.
“I’m thinking about the responsibility, the sacrifice. At the moment, my life is crazy, but when I do settle down, I wanna have a big family, man.”
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