I'm scared of audiences.
The thought of someone spending $20 to come and see me and saying, 'Oh, I prefer the record and she's completely shattered the illusion' really upsets me. It's such a big deal that people come give me their time.
Mum loves me being famous! She is so excited and proud, as she had me so young and couldn't support me, so I am living her dream, it's sweeter for both of us. It's her 40th birthday soon and I'm going to buy her 40 presents.
My voice went recently, never happened before, off like a tap. I had to sit in silence for nine days, chalkboard around my neck. Like an old-school mime. Like a kid in the naughty corner. Like a Victorian mute.
It's never been an issue for me - I don't want to go on a diet, I don't want to eat a Caesar salad with no dressing, why would I do that? I ain't got time for this, just be happy and don't be stupid. If I've got a boyfriend and he loves my body then I'm not worried.
I've never been more normal than I am now.
I am never writing a breakup record again, by the way. I'm done with being a bitter witch.
The way I write my songs is that I have to believe what I'm writing about, and that's why they always end up being so personal - because the kind of artists I like, they convince me, they totally win me over straight away in that thing. Like, 'Oh my God, this song is totally about me.'
I wanted to be a singer forever. But it's not really my cup of tea. Having the whole world know who you are.
I've never wanted to look like models on the cover of magazines. I represent the majority of women and I'm very proud of that.
My life is full of drama, and I don't have time to worry about something as petty as what I look like.
I don't make music for eyes. I make music for ears.
I don't write songs about a specific, elusive thing. I write about love, and everyone knows what it is like to have your heart broken.
I'm a big personality. I walk into a room, big and tall and loud.
Heartbreak can definitely give you a deeper sensibility for writing songs. I drew on a lot of heartbreak when I was writing my first album, I didn't mean to but I just did.
I have never been insecure, ever, about how I look, about what I want to do with myself. My mum told me to only ever do things for myself, not for others.
I like having my hair and face done, but I'm not going to lose weight because someone tells me to. I make music to be a musician not to be on the cover of Playboy.
I have insecurities of course, but I don't hang out with anyone who points them out to me.
Even if I did have, you know, a 'Sports Illustrated' body, I'd still wear elegant clothes.
Sometimes with pop music, you have to see it to love it. With soul music, it's sparse. There's nothing that's pretentious or planned. It's just so gutsy.