Rap newcomer Soulja Boy contemplated taking his own life to escape his problems after he was robbed at gunpoint in December (08).
The hitmaker, who shot to stardom in 2007 when his single Crank That (Soulja Boy) became an international chart smash, was with pals at his Atlanta, Georgia home when six armed men stormed the property on 30 December (08).
He and his pals escaped unharmed - but the terrifying incident was enough to make the rapper, real name DeAndre Ramone Way, re-evaluate his life in the limelight.
And he admits he felt like dying would be the only solution.
In a recent interview with satellite radio Shade 45's Angela Yee, he says, "After that (the robbery), that was the first time I thought to myself: 'If I die right now, all of my problems will go away."
But the 18-year-old insists the experience has forced him to grow up and has made him more appreciative of his fame and fortune.
He adds, "The life I'm living right now is crazy. How I'm living life, being a celebrity and going through all the things that I go through, I don't ever really think about it. Like never.
"I do things but I never really just think about it. After that situation happened that night, I really was just sitting thinking like, 'I'm Soulja Boy and my life has changed'... I never thought like that before."