Maria Puente, USA TODAY
What's eating Donald Glover? The Community comic alarmed some of his fans after he posted on Instagram pages of notes containing dark musings about his fears. And he seems to have quite a few.
Billboard noticed Glover's Instagram page contained pictures of his handwritten notes on Marriott hotel stationery, with such fearful admissions as "I'm afraid of the future," "I'm afraid my parents won't live long enough to see my kids, "I'm afraid people hate who I really am," and "I'm afraid people think I hate my race."
He also worried in the notes that he's afraid his show will fail, that "people think I hate women," and that he's scared he'll never grow out of "bro rape," apparently a reference to an early sketch by Glover's comedy troupe, Derrick Comedy.
Also, he's afraid his girlfriend will get pregnant at the wrong time, that she's still in love with "that dude," and that he'll never reach "my potential."
All this was under the headline, "childishness," a reference to his rap alter ego, Childish Gambino. Glover, 30, is leaving Community, after working a shortened season this year, and is said to be focusing more on his rap music.
But the notes suggest something else: "I didn't leave 'Community' to rap," Glover wrote. "I don't wanna rap. I wanted to be on my own." He also writes, "I'm afraid ('Community' creator) Dan Harmon hates me."
Glover, a rising comedy star, started on the road to success with writing for NBC's 30 Rock and then was cast as Troy Barnes on Community, which earned him plenty of fans. He recently signed a deal with FX to star, write and produce a music-themed series called Atlanta.
So far, no word of explanation from Glover or his representatives for his Instagram musings.