Pharrell Cries “Happy” Tears — “People Have Believed in Me For So Long” (VIDEO)
We saw the sensitive side of Pharrell on the April 13 episode of Oprah Prime (via Gawker) as the hitmaker sat down with Oprah Winfrey to talk about his career — and the remarkable success of his exuberant hit song "Happy."
To hear the singer-producer tell it, the single didn't have an auspicious start. "Zero airplay, nothing," Pharrell remembers. "And the next thing you know — we put out the video on November 21 — all of a sudden, boom … And we were like, 'What's happening? OK, first of all, people are putting up their own videos.' It was, like, no longer my song."
Oprah then shows Pharrell a supercut of fans dancing to the infectious hit from all over the world — places like Bermuda, Slovakia, Taiwan, Dakar, Iceland, and countless more.
And by the end of the montage, the 41-year-old is in tears.
"Why am I crying on Oprah?" he laughs.
Oprah prompts the discussion: "It's being used for something that's greater than yourself. I get that."
"It's overwhelming," Pharrell responds. "Because it's like, I love what I do, and I just appreciate the fact that people have believed in me for so long that I could make it to this point to feel that. [Gestures to the video]"