Su­per­star Pink opens up about her mar­riage, moth­er­hood and mak­ing mu­sic

THE SINGER OPENS UP ABOUT MAR­RIAGE, MOTH­ER­HOOD AND MAK­ING MU­SIC…

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She may have swapped high­wire acts for high­chairs and bour­bon for baby bot­tles for the time be­ing, but Pink is en­joy­ing ev­ery sec­ond of moth­er­hood. ‘I love be­ing a mama,’ she says after wel­com­ing her sec­ond child with hubby Carey Hart. ‘I made a choice a long time ago that I was go­ing to have a suc­cess­ful fam­ily and that is my ab­so­lute num­ber one goal in life.’ The singer gave birth to son Jame­son Moon last De­cem­ber, and al­though she’s still ad­just­ing to her sec­ond run with a new baby, Pink says it’s her daugh­ter Wil­low who has found it dif­fi­cult to ac­cli­ma­tise to her new sib­ling. ‘She’s a lit­tle weepy these days, so we’re work­ing it out,’ the 38-year-old shared ear­lier this year. Re­veal­ing she threw a ‘big sis­ter party’ for her first­born, Pink al­ways makes sure the six-year-old feels in­cluded. ‘I do all kinds of stuff,’ she said. ‘I lit­er­ally put Jame­son down when she walks into the room.’

Here, the su­per­star opens up about her tran­si­tion from pop star to par­ent…

COU­PLES’ THER­APY

They’ve been to­gether for more than 16 years, but Pink and Carey have been through a lot. ‘We’ve had two breaks,’ she told TV host Ellen Degeneres last year. ‘The first one was about a year. And the sec­ond one was 11 months.’

These days, the pair have the dy­nam­ics of their re­la­tion­ship down pat, but that doesn’t mean it’s any eas­ier. ‘Be­ing with the same per­son for a re­ally long time… it’s work,’ she re­cently ex­plained. ‘But it’s beau­ti­ful, it’s worth it, oth­er­wise we wouldn’t do it.’

‘We go through mo­ments where hon­estly I look at him and I think, “I’ve never liked you at all, there’s noth­ing I like about you, I’ve never liked you, I’ll never like you again.” And then five min­utes later I’m like, “You look re­ally good in those jeans.” And then two days later he’s help­ing me off the ledge and telling me things that only he could tell me, be­cause he’s known me that long. And then the next day I want to stab him with a fork.’

So with all those ups and downs, what’s the key to Pink and Carey’s longevity? ‘We have learnt the art of com­mu­ni­ca­tion,’ the singer added. ‘I don’t hand my wed­ding ring back ev­ery night like I used to.’

De­spite their rocky past, the singer ad­mits they’re bet­ter off after hav­ing had their time apart. ‘We are cou­ples’ ther­apy peo­ple. We do it for main­te­nance, not prob­lems.’

HER HARSH­EST CRITIC

They say you are your own worst critic, but Pink has her daugh­ter for that role! ‘The other day, I picked up her friend, who started singing Raise Your Glass,’ she re­cently shared. ‘My daugh­ter rolled her eyes and said, “That’s not even one of the good ones!”’ And it’s not the first time Wil­low has passed judge­ment on her mum’s mu­sic. ‘She finds my singing dis­tract­ing,’ Pink tells. ‘When she was two, she was [like], “Shh, Mama, ter­ri­ble voice.” First of all, who taught you the word ter­ri­ble?’

But while Wil­low may have her mum’s sass, she also shares her vul­ner­a­bil­i­ties. ‘Re­cently I was driv­ing my daugh­ter to school, and she said to me, out of the blue, “Mama… I am the ugli­est girl I know,”’ Pink shared while ac­cept­ing the Michael Jack­son Video Van­guard Award at the 2017 MTV VMAS. ‘I went home, and I made a Pow­erpoint pre­sen­ta­tion for her. And in that pre­sen­ta­tion were an­drog­y­nous rock stars and artists that live their truth, are prob­a­bly made fun of ev­ery day of their lives, and carry on and wave their flag, and in­spire the rest of us.’

‘I said to her, “Do you see me grow­ing my hair?” She said, “No, Mama.” I said, “Do you see me chang­ing my body?” “No, Mama.” “Do you see me chang­ing the way I present my­self to the world?” “No, Mama.” “Do you see me sell­ing out are­nas all over the world?” “Yes, Mama.” That’s right,’ she con­tin­ued. ‘So, baby girl, we don’t change, we take the gravel and the shell and we make a pearl. We help other peo­ple to change so that they can see more kinds of beauty.’

The emo­tional speech gar­nered at­ten­tion world­wide. ‘I told her that peo­ple make fun of me, and she couldn’t be­lieve that, be­cause I’m her ev­ery­thing – she thinks I’m great,’ Pink later ex­plained. ‘And I told her, “Ev­ery­body gets made fun of. It’s not just you, babe. But we don’t

change. Got to be your­self.”’

MU­SI­CAL RE­FLEC­TION

‘There was no other goal than to not have an album full of slow, sad songs, be­cause that’s all I had for a while,’ says the singer of her up­com­ing re­lease, Beau­ti­ful Trauma. It will be her sev­enth stu­dio album, and comes five years after her last, giv­ing Pink lots of time to work on new ma­te­rial. ‘It’s all a re­flec­tion. I had a lot of time to live my life be­tween records this time,’ she says. ‘We’re al­ways very in­volved with real peo­ple with real strug­gles,

and are con­stantly watch­ing the news and tak­ing it all in. But at the same time, we live on a farm, so I’ve been a soc­cer mum for four years, tak­ing my daugh­ter to preschool, do­ing bake sales, lemon­ade stands, kin­der­garten, and all that sort of shit stuff! Each album is a snapshot of where you are at that time, if you’re be­ing hon­est.’

And al­though she’s com­pleted six world tours, sold more than 47 mil­lion al­bums glob­ally and scooped up count­less awards, Pink still loves her job. ‘It’s who I am. I get to be cre­ative. I get to write songs. How rad is that?’ she tells. ‘I get to go on tour with all these peo­ple who are my fam­ily. Do I still have shit to prove to my­self? Yes. I feel like the peo­ple who get it, get it. And the peo­ple who don’t aren’t ever go­ing to. I’m at a place where I’m re­ally OK with that. I don’t need to court. I’m not speed­dat­ing. I’m just do­ing what I do.’

DO I STILL HAVE SHIT TO PROVE TO MY­SELF? YES!

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