A drunk tongue is an honest one, in my opinion.
Amy Winehouse, eat your heart out.
Apparently, I’m a very spacial aware considerate driver according to my instructor.
Be understanding that, sometimes, you got to let your hair down.
Crying is really bad for your vocal cords.
Even if I did have, you know, a ‘Sports Illustrated’ body, I’d still wear elegant clothes.
He got me interested in film and literature and food and wine and traveling and politics and history, and those were things I was never, ever interested in. I was interested in going clubbing and getting drunk.
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.
Hopefully I won’t be married and be like, Darling, we need a divorce to write another album.
How was it winning a Grammy? ‘I shit myself!’
I always say I’m a singing lady, rather than a singer.
I am never writing a breakup record again, by the way. I’m done with being a bitter witch.
I am quite loud and bolshie. I’m a big personality. I walk into a room, big and tall and loud.
I can’t write another break-up record, that would be a real cliché. It would be just like a boring, running theme. People would be like: ‘No, that’s enough now, cheer up’.
I don’t have a type. Never have.
I don’t make music for eyes. I make music for ears.
I don’t really need to stand out, there’s room for everyone. Although I haven’t built a niche yet, I’m just writing love songs.
I don’t rely on my tits to have hits.
I don’t want people confusing what it is that I’m about. I just stand there and sing. And I don’t do stunts or anything. if I wanted to do all that, I don’t think I’d get away with it.
I don’t want to be a skinny pop star – I don’t have time for diets’.
I doubt I’ll be singing forever, because at some point people aren’t going to want to hear my music, and I hope that I’ll still get the opportunity to write songs.
I find it quite difficult to think that there’s about 20 million people listening to my album that I wrote very selfishly to get over a break-up.
I get so nervous on stage I can’t help but talk. I try. I try telling my brain: stop sending words to the mouth. But I get nervous and turn into my grandma. Behind the eyes it’s pure fear. I find it difficult to believe I’m going to be able to deliver.
I got some fan mail recently. It was a crispy tissue. How fucking inappropriate is that shit? A 22 year old girl, how fucking inappropriate. And then he was like, This is what I imagine when I’m having a wank. Fucking dirty old pervert. And then he was like, Let’s meet up, e-mail me. And I was like, yeah, I’m really going to come and fucking come for dinner with you and you’re wanking into a tissue and I haven’t even met you. Ha! So disgusting!
I got this dress today, right, and it’s vintage and I smell like the person who used to wear this. It smells like a dead person so I smell like a dead person.
I hate confrontation. That’s why I write fucking songs – because I can’t say anything.
I have insecurities of course, but I don’t hang out with anyone who points them out to me.
I have no idea what I want to sound like yet. I think my albums are always going to be a little bit eclectic.
I have the passion to dance, I just don’t have the rhythm.
I just started reminiscing of how at the beginning, my skin would tingle anytime he would ever touch me and I’d wait by my phone and be going crazy because he didn’t reply to my texts within ten seconds and all of the things in-between… and I bet he doesn’t even remember why he loved me.”
I just want to make music, I don’t want people to talk about me. All I’ve ever wanted to do was sing. I don’t want to be a celebrity. I don’t want to be in people’s faces, you know, constantly on covers of magazine that I haven’t even known I’m on.
I just wanted to make good songs, and I think I’ve done that.
I like eating fine foods and drinking nice wine. Even if I had a really good figure, I don’t think I’d get my tits and ass out for no one.
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 like looking nice, but I always put comfort over fashion. I don’t find thin girls attractive; be happy and healthy. I’ve never had a problem with the way I look. I’d rather have lunch with my friends than go to a gym.
I love a bit of drama. That’s a bad thing. I can flip really quickly.
I love going and performing to live people who mean something, rather than all the critics.
I love hearing my audience breathe.
I love Nicki Minaj, I love her arse, and I’m straight, and I love her arse.
I love seeing Lady Gaga’s boobs and bum. I love seeing Katy Perry’s boobs and bum. Love it. But that’s not what my music is about. I don’t make music for eyes. I make music for ears.
I no longer buy papers or tabloids or magazines or read blogs. I used to. But it was just filling up my day with hatred. I rather get a dog then get pregnant.
I really don’t feel like talking about masturbating in an interview in these cameras!
I remember when I was 10, I nicked my mum’s Lauryn Hill album and listened to it every day after school in my bedroom, sitting on my little sofa bed and hoping to God that one day I’d be a singer.
I think he’s a bit bitter because the album is doing a lot better than anyone expected. And I think he’s still hanging out in London in a bit of kind of shabby apartment and I’m staying at a very nice hotel around the corner.
I tried to bite my tongue a bit on this record, but I ended up being more honest than the first one, and I think it might come back and bite me in the bum.
I want to leave an album behind that is classic, that people in 50 years will refer to and pass on to their children. An album that you never bored of.
I was adopting an Ethiopian child, that’s not true. My house was haunted, that wasn’t true. God, there’s been so many rumors.
I was always the joker at school. But I didn’t really realize I had a natural sense of humor until I started telling stories onstage. You get the timing down. Also, people laugh when I open my mouth anyway, even if I don’t tell a joke, because they are laughing at my accent.
I wasn’t prepared for my success at all. I went a bit doolally.
I wouldn’t be able to write a song like ‘Someone Like You’ and get someone else to sing it because it’s so personal. It’s like giving away your heart.
I’d lose weight if I was an actress and had to play a role where you’re supposed to be 40 lbs lighter, but weight has nothing to do with my career. Even when I was signing a contract, most of the industry knew if anyone ever dared say lose weight to me, they wouldn’t be working with me.’
If I am constantly working, my relationships fail. So at least now I can have enough time to write a happy record. And be in love and be happy. And then I don’t know what I’ll do. Get married. Have some kids. Plant a nice vegetable patch.
If I lost loads of weight, my tits would go saggy and then that would be the main issue.
If I’d never had a boyfriend because I was overweight, then obviously I would lose some weight but all the things I want I get, so I don’t care. I refuse to change because I’m in the public eye.
I’m a bit mouthy.
I’m an only child, I’m used to having people listen to me.
I’m like Johnny Cash. I only wear black.
I’m like the opposite of one of those comedians who’s funny on stage and depressed behind closed doors.
I’m nervous whenever I perform.
I’m not calling Beyonce old, even though she is contemporary, she is also a veteran.
I’m not going to write an egotistical record. Nobody can relate to winning two Grammys, unless it is another artist, you know. No one wants to hear a record about hotels and air miles. No one else is going to find that interesting. I’ve heard records like that. I’ve heard self-obsessed second records and I don’t like them.
I’m scared of audiences. One show in Amsterdam I was so nervous I escaped out the fire exit. I’ve thrown up a couple of times. Once in Brussels I projectile vomited on someone. I just got to bear it. But I don’t like touring. I have anxiety attacks a lot.
In five years’ time I’d like to be a mum. I want to settle down and have a family, definitely sooner rather than later. I’d like to have finished my second album too, maybe even my third. I’d like a sound that sticks around that other people are inspired by and that people know is me.
In the songs I can still be really direct but in interviews when I’m explaining my songs I shouldn’t be so direct about who they’re about.
It broke my heart when I wrote this record, so the fact that people are taking it to their hearts is like the best way to recover.’
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.
It’s the blues so I will go out of tune, but it’s all right, its all good.
It’s warts and all in my songs, and I think that’s why people can relate to them.
I’ve always been a size 14-16. I’m not going to lose weight because someone tells me to. People don’t need to use their bodies sexually to do well. If anyone told me to lose weight, I wouldn’t work with them any more. 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? Just be happy and don’t be stupid.
I’ve been singing properly every day since I was about fifteen or sixteen, and I have never had any problems with my voice, ever. I’ve had a sore throat here and there, had a cold and sung through it, but that day it just went while I was onstage in Paris during a radio show. It was literally like someone had pulled a curtain over it.
I’ve got some news… I’m delighted to announce that Simon and I are expecting our first child together. I wanted you to hear the news direct from me, obviously we’re over the moon.
I’ve learned the main thing in life is that you get what you put in.
I’ve never been more normal than I am now.
I’ve never seen magazine covers or music videos and been like, ‘I need to look like that if I want to be a success.’ I’ve never seen pictures of hot men and thought, ‘I have to change what I look like if I want to be with them.’ I don’t even need to if I want to sell more records. It’s not stopping me from doing anything and I don’t find that kind of thing attractive. 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.
I’ve only flown first class once, I drank so much free red wine I threw up in the toilet.
Making a record is like standing in the middle of Trafalgar Square naked, you let everyone see your good bits and bad bits. I don’t know what possesses me to do that, but I’m not good at anything else.
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 best friend Laura, is like Tina Fey on steroids.
My body doesn’t have any rhythm, you know. I’ve got quite good rhythm when I’m singing but my feet are very much two left feet.
My life is full of drama and I won’t have time to worry about something as petty as what I look like.
My mom calls me jenny when I’m out in public.
My motto is that you shouldn’t kind of fuck me over.
My mum lives with me!
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.
No matter what you look like, I think the key is to be happy with yourself. Exploiting yourself sexually is not a good look. People are starting to go on about my weight but I’m not going to change my size because they don’t like the way I look. People think that I’m fucking miserable. They are really surprised when they meet me that I’m chatty and bubbly and kind of quite carefree really. I’m the total opposite of my records.
Shabby, that’s how I describe myself.
Smoking is my thing.
So at 30 I’ll have my first bah-bee, be married, have a really nice three-storey family house in Clapham with a little picket fence and be writing songs for pop tarts.
The focus on my appearance has really surprised me. I’ve always been a size 14 to 16, I don’t care about clothes, I’d rather spend my money on cigarettes and booze.
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.’
There is nothing that would upset me more than my dad being bribed by the press. It’s like, ‘Just let them run it, then. Don’t you give them ammunition.’
There’s nothing more beautiful then a cuddle.
This one’s about my ex… oh don’t worry, I’m playing The Greek, where the fuck is he?
Were not friends. That’s why were not together. So I don’t really care.
When I’m not singing on stage I’m usually loud and mouthy.
You can’t complain about your dressing room or you’ll look like Celine Dion.
You know when you love someone and they don’t love you? It’s the worst feeling ever. Isn’t it?