Vegan musician William James Adams (known professionally as “will.i.am”) explained his passion for the vegan lifestyle to HuffPost founder Arianna Huffington on a recent episode of her podcast, Thrive Global. “You don’t need the meat, you don’t need to have decaying flesh in your body,” Adams said. “The more I think about it, I was like, ‘Ew.’ […] I had death in me. Decayed flesh and crazy chemicals I can’t pronounce. You wouldn’t put that [expletive] in your car.” Adams eschewed animal products in January and created what he calls the “V.Gang”—or, according to the musician, “a group of people taking a hardcore gangster approach to wellness and [conscious] living.” Since his transition, Adams has credited his plant-based diet for helping him manage a number of health issues, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, and a month-and-a-half long bout of bronchitis.