“My fans are very present – even after I took a big break”
Nickelback frontman] Chad [Kroeger] was recording my vocals and he had to pull me aside because I was going to cry. Whenever you cry in the studio, it is never a good thing for the vocal chords; they tighten up and it can completely change the tone. He was like “No, no, no, don’t cry!” I stepped away from the mic, went to the bathroom, sat down on the floor and cleared my head. That might be why you can feel the emotion in the track. Was it important to have someone like a former husband, who knows you so well, in that room? Chad and I are really good friends. We have remained close and he supports me to this day. So it was really special to have him there and helping me. You’ll release a new album next year – will you also visit Australia? I love Australia; you’ve always been super supportive. I remember surfing there at Manly beach [in 2011]. I can’t believe I did that. It reminds me of Canada [her homeland] as the people are so chilled and relaxed, and I’ve made friends there. A few years out of the spotlight can be risky. Were you relieved your supporters were still there? Yeah. I was just blown away by how strong my fan base has remained, even after a big break like that. They are very present, I can see them online. They have a voice and they make noise. It felt really good to reconnect with them.