After his role in the animated film Rio, the Black Eyed Peas' frontman is inspired to relocate.
Black Eyed Peas frontman Will.i.am is making a move, inspired by a movie. The rapper/producer told contactmusic.com that he's relocating to Brazil. The decision to move comes at the same time as his role in the animated film Rio, in which Will plays Pedro, a red cardinal.
"I'm signing the papers on Thursday. I bought a place in Baja, about 40 minutes from here," says Will.i.am. "The reason I'm moving there instead of here in Rio is because I have a friend there who will be my neighbor. That's the only reason why - I don't want to move to a place where I don't know people."
Although the film has helped grow his appreciation for the country, he's always been a fan. "I don't know how to express how much I love Brazil more than I have in the past, but my love for Brazil came from my travels back and forth working with the Black Eyed Peas and my good friend, Sergio Mendes.
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