After releasing her last pop album in 2013, she admitted suffering a period of depression that left her feeling “exhausted – like I was dying”.
She tells The Mirror in an exclusive interview:
“I needed a moment to stabilise.When my career took off, I don’t remember anything at all. It’s like I’m traumatised. I needed time to recalibrate my soul.”“I take medication. I’m not saying I feel good because of the medication – I wouldn’t encourage young people to take anti-depressants or mood stabilisers.I openly admit to having battled depression and anxiety and I think a lot of people do. I think it’s better when we all say: ‘Cheers!’ And ‘fess up to it.”
On turning 30 in March this year, she said
I wanted to leave my 20s, immediately,” she says.
“I was like: ‘Thanks, I get it. You’re young, you’re crazy, you’re wild. Goodbye.’I find in my 30s, I haven’t actually calmed down. I calm down for periods of time and then I’m actually worse – I’m more wild for a short period of time. It’s a little bit of both.
“But 30 is fantastic because I feel like I have all the wisdom of my 20s.”