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Will.i.am is an American rapper, singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is a founding member of the Black Eyed Peas and was also a coach on The Voice in the UK and Australia.

Will.i.am went vegan around 2017/18 as a way of improving his health after discovering he had high blood pressure and cholesterol. After a month of following a plant-based diet and exercising more he had lost 15 lbs.1Jefferies, M. 2018. Voice judge will.i.am loses 15lbs after adopting vegan diet over health fears. Mirror. Available: https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/voice-judge-william-loses-15lbs-11797758 [Accessed 8 September 2021].

He has since also spoken out about the ethics of killing animals.2Pointing, C. 2018. Vegan Celeb Will.i.am Questions the Ethics of Killing Animals for Food. LiveKindly. Available: https://www.livekindly.co/vegan-celeb-will-i-am-questions-ethics-killing-animals-food/ [Accessed 8 September 2021].

If we didn’t have these fancy utensils, would I have the ability to go up to a living creature and like, savagely kill it to eat it? Could I do that? It wasn’t ‘I love animals’, ‘let’s save the planet’ at first. What made me switch was, I went to the doctor and he said I had high blood pressure and high cholesterol… Then, I started thinking about animals, did I really need them? Turns out, you don’t.