Tyrese Gibson has a lot going on—and not just with his bold, bright style. He’s got the ninth installment of Fast & Furious (and his sixth in the saga) on the way, now planned for a 2021 release. He’s dipping into the Marvel universe, costarring in Morbius, the upcoming comic-book adaptation about a scientist turned rabid vampire.
Offscreen, Gibson still tours as a musician and is working on a follow-up album to 2015’s Black Rose. And he keeps himself busy on social media, posting motivational messages for his 40 million followers.
Splitting his time between L. A. and Atlanta, the 41-year-old says his clothes are a reflection of the moment and largely depend on his mood. That could swing from casual sports jackets and slacks to super-relaxed tracksuit tops and bottoms. (You’ll likely catch him in an Adidas tracksuit on any given day.)
Before he was famous, Gibson admits, he didn’t know what worked for him, but with the success of his 1998 debut album (Tyrese) and his first Fast & Furious appearance, he had much more to choose from. “When you go from living in the ghetto to finally making money, you want to go to Louis Vuitton and Gucci and spend a whole lot of money on bullshit,” he says.
These days the actor’s taste is less about flashy brands and more about versatility: what fits and moves well, what’s comfortable and fresh. “I’d rather wear a great-fitting regular suit from a brand no one’s heard of than put on a Tom Ford suit,” says Gibson. “I’m a simple guy.”
For Tyrese now, success is about motivating others and looking toward his future—but he still knows his roots. During a recent concert of his, he paid tribute to both the late 2 Fast 2 Furious director John Singleton and his friend and co-star Paul Walker. “I love them and miss them every day,” he says of his tribute. “I just hope that I’m making them proud.”
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