This October, SZA vented frustrations with Top Dawg Entertainment co-president Terrence "Punch" Henderson by tweeting, "I actually quit. [Punch] can release my album if he ever feels like it. Y'all be blessed." Shortly after, the tweet was deleted and fans were left wondering how seriously she was actually considering quitting music—but now she's confirmed plans to try other things in an interview with Complex.
“I’ll probably just do something different, something visual, probably film,” SZA said. “I’m really frustrated, and I’m kind of over it. I have a lot of anxiety and there’s a lot going on in my life.”
She did make sure to explain that her relationship with Punch and TDE isn't the reason she's considering moving on. Comparing her on-and-off relationship with Punch to that of a brother or close friend, she says, “Me and Punch never get along—that’s every day. They call me one of the homies. We’re all different, and that was hard to understand [at first] because they’re tough-love people and hard to read, but I dig it now. I don’t have any issues with my label. My label has been nothing but supportive of everything I’ve wanted to do.”
Although she was careful not to commit to officially "quitting" music, SZA did add, “Completing this [album] and these last couple of moments on the clock before this project is done are definitely the most pivotal moments of my life. Growing up as a woman, making tough decisions, and sticking by my own shit is necessary. But I definitely... um… I’m definitely committed to completing this and I think… We’ll take it from there.”
Read the full Complex interview, in which she also discusses the direction of her forthcoming album, here.