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While we might be in the middle of one of the historically worst blizzards up east, Big Sean is seeing better days. Last night, he announced the title of his third studio albumDark Sky Paradise. And even though it sounds a bit gloomy, as far as Sean’s career goes, things are brightening up in tandem with his new cover for Complex.

The music magazine goes back home with the Detroit rapper, where he opens up about love and loss. Or more specifically, Naya Rivera.

On his very public breakup that ended with calling off his engagement to the Glee star, whom he finally admits inspired the last verse of “IDFWU,” he says of course he didn’t steal her Rolex—he’s got the receipts to prove it—and as far as her past behavior goes:

“You can come to that conclusion yourself if you just look at the facts,” he says before pausing and then letting out a laugh. That’s probably why he says he wasn’t shocked by it. “I felt like it was unnecessary drama ‘cause in my eyes it wasn’t true. I wasn’t surprised by it,” he says with another long laugh. “Even though I didn’t steal anything, I wasn’t surprised by it.”

Sean’s moved on, as we all know by now. About how his relationship with Ariana Grande came to be, he says:

“We started as friends,” he says. “I’d never done that. Usually you meet a girl and then start dating. We always saw each other in the studio, and we’d talk about songs we were working on. It was cool to have a girl that I could talk to about my problems. I did that with her. It’s not some fake-ass, inauthentic shit when I say we were friends. This is something special and I appreciate every moment of it.” But what about the pressures that come from dating another celebrity? Finding time to see each other? Having your love life in the news? “I don’t think about it like that,” Sean says. “You can’t be afraid, because when you’re afraid you don’t give it your all.”

On a darker note, Sean opens up about recent tragedies in the news, such as the deaths of Mike Brown and Eric Garner:

“It don’t even surprise me,” he says. “It’s sad. It is a racial thing, but the fact that the law can get away with this is sad. That you can kill somebody on camera. It’s been happening. It’s so wrong, on an ethics level, on a racial level, on so many levels. It brought my spirits down yesterday when I heard about Eric Garner. I didn’t even tweet about it. I didn’t do anything. I couldn’t.”

To read the rest of his interview, including how he channeled the unfortunate events in Ferguson into his music, head on over to Complex.