2022 is turning into a good year for Tucker Pillsbury, aka Role Model. He is in a happy and healthy relationship, he tells GQ, released debut album Rx, and is playing fan-favourite festival Coachella.
Since the singer/songwriter received his first dose of mainstream recognition for his musical talents in 2017, his career has been on an upward trajectory.
As he becomes increasingly recognised – lately down to his rumoured relationship with YouTuber Emma Chamberlain – fans are curious to know more about the artist. Let’s take a look.
Who is Tucker Pillsbury, aka Role Model?
Tucker Pillsbury’s rise to fame has been fast. He was born in Portland, Maine, to Susan and Rusty Pillsbury, a special education teacher and real estate appraiser respectively. The musician is in his early 20s and self-released his first extended play in 2017 while a student at the University of Pittsburgh.
His soft melodies and breathy singing caught the attention of late rapper and record producer Mac Miller, who flew Pillsbury to LA and saw him signed by Interscope Records.
The narrative of much of his early music surrounds heartbreak, despite the fact he only entered his first romantic relationship a year and a half ago. His struggle with depression has also influenced much of his songwriting and he has been praised for his vulnerable lyrics.
He adopted the stage name Role Model in 2017, based on Paul Rudd’s character in 2008 film Role Models.
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Role Model’s 2022 Coachella performance(s)
Role Model is on the line-up for both Fridays of Coachella (15 and 22 April) and is due to play between 4.35pm and 5.20pm in the Gobi tent. The Gobi is the fourth most-prominent of Coachella’s seven stages and has traditionally been a space for upcoming artists.
His set list for the performances included:
- If Jesus Saves, She’s My Type
- Who Hurt You
- Notice Me
- Stripclub Music
- Going Out
- For The People In The Back
- That’s Just How It Goes
- Forever & More
Emma Chamberlain dating rumours explored
Rumours of a romantic relationship between Role Model and YouTuber Emma Chamberlain started at the latter end of 2020. In an April 2022 interview with GQ, Role Model confirmed he was in a happy and loving relationship but he and his girlfriend had decided mutually to keep the identity of one another private.
“I sat her down one month in and explained this: ‘I’ve always taken pride in the fact that people who follow me, follow me‘. People follow me because they like my music. She has an insane amount of influence, and people constantly watch her every move. I don’t want anyone following me for any reason other than my music.”
Many fans have speculated Emma Chamberlain is the object of Pillsbury’s affection, rumours that amplified after the YouTube star was seen watching Role Model’s set from backstage.
There is also an unidentified woman in two of Role Model’s music videos, RX and Neverletyougo, who many fans think is Chamberlain. The pair were also spotted at the Vanity Fair Oscars after-party.
Following Role Model’s Coachella performance, fans rushed to Twitter to share their thoughts and theories: