On the two-year anniversary of her last album, When I Get Home, Solange has recalled the experience of going “in and out of hospital” during the making of the LP. She has described it as “the project that literally changed my life.”
The 34-year-old posted a photo of herself to Instagram captioning the image: “Two year anniversary of the project that literally changed my life. When I first started creating ‘When I Get Home’ I was quite literally fighting for my life…in and out of hospitals (s/out park plaza on Binz! 🙂 with depleting health and broken spirits asking God to send me a sign I would not only survive, but that if he let me make it out alive, I would step into the light whatever that meant. He begin speaking to me. Half the time I didn’t know where it was coming from.”
“I only knew I had to open the door and honour it,” she continued.
According to Solange, the result of her health experience has been “lifelong healing.”
“One day, I’ll tell y’all about the days I’ve had since I opened this door. The things I’ve uncovered. The life long healing I’ve begin. The great divine joy and love I’ve experienced. The stories of my past I’ve survived that I had stored all up in my body…. till it said…. no more. The re-learning. The reckoning. This album led me to all of it. Life has now become before WIGH and after WIGH. I’m so grateful for you guys allowing me the space and time. So so so grateful. Ima be celebrating all week long the coming of home.”
The artist doesn’t stipulate what medical issues she faced during the making of her album but has revealed in the past her struggles with an autonomic nerve disorder. According to Business Insider, it caused her to cancel a number of live shows in 2017. Common symptoms of the illness include chronic fatigue and lightheadedness.
When I Get Home is accompanied by a stunning music film of the same name. To celebrate the anniversary, the ‘Director’s Cut’ edition is streaming on Criterion Channel.
The 19-track project is the fourth studio album from Solange and is the follow-up to her 2016 album A Seat at the Table. She collaborated with the likes of Pharrell Williams, Playboi Carti, Gucci Mane and Tyler, The Creator.