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Akon: I Don't And Don't Want To Know My Real Age

Even though Akon has a birth certificate, he says his real age is still a mystery.

In 2006, Akon said he was 25-years-old. But now, the singer-songwriter claims his birth certificate shows he was born on April 16, 1977 -- which would make him 31. Although there are numerous reports that he was born even earlier -- in 1973 -- and is really 35.

"All it's going to do is depress me," Akon tells the 'Associated Press' in an interview of why would rather not know. "I don't want to know I'm getting older. Then I'll start to think about getting checkups and insurance. I don't want that."

Many have accused Akon of trying to hide his real age from the start, but the singer, who spent his early life in Senegal, claims that his family just didn't think it was important.

"In Africa, age is not important over there. They don't care. People only focus on it in America and in Europe," he explains.

"I feel like I'm 21 right now," he says. "And I'll be 21 for the next 10 years."

Akon may be talking about it now, but during an interview with 'Vibe' magazine in 2007, he balked when reporter Laura Checkoway asked about his age, telling her: "The only thing I hide is my age. Before I lie to you, I'd rather say nothing."

So we're still not buying the whole 'even I don't know' angle.

January 22, 2009 |

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