Prin­nie Stevens

Fam­ily and good friends keep this ris­ing star’s feet on the ground nd

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Prin­nie Stevens was raised at Narrabeen, and de­spite trav­el­ling ex­ten­sively with her work, the singer is in no rush to leave her beloved north­ern beaches.

Hav­ing re­cently pur­chased an apart­ment in the area, her dream is to give her daugh­ter Sa­nia the same re­laxed child­hood she had.

Sa­nia at­tends the same pri­mary school as her mother did, and she is sur­rounded by fam­ily and friends.

“I love com­ing home and cook­ing and get­ting lunches ready, do­ing can­teen duty at the school and just be­ing a mum,” Prin­nie says. Soul food is a favourite in her house­hold. “Sa­nia is half Amer­i­can, so I’ve spent a lot of time in Philadel­phia watch­ing peo­ple cook. We love fried chicken, mac and cheese, potato sal­ads and recipes like peach cob­bler. My fam­ily back­ground is Ton­gan, so I like to cook those types of foods too.”

Since launch­ing her pub­lic ca­reer on The Voice four years ago, and be­ing forced into the Bat­tle Round against her close friend Ma­halia Barnes, Prin­nie has been in high de­mand.

She is now ap­pear­ing as Nicki Mar­ron in The Body­guard at the Lyric The­atre.

“Peo­ple are go­ing to lose their minds over this show, Paulini as Rachel Mar­ron (played yed in the movie of the same name by the late Whitney Hous­ton) is so amaz­ing and Kip (Gam­blin, play­ing Kevin Cost­ner’s role, Frank Farmer) is so hot.”

De­spite her on­go­ing suc­cess, it’s her en­dur­ing friend­ship with Ma­halia that has as been the most re­ward­ing.

“Our kids are best friends, I’m god­moth­er­her to her youngest and I can call her up when nI I need a babysit­ter,” Prin­nie says.

Rug

My Myh hus­band sband gave me this rug and it’s the one thing that comes out of my house and into my dress­ing room. It’s like my blanky. It makes me feel like I’m home.

Hi­malayanHim pink salt lamp

I move it from room to room to clear the space of bad en­ergy and tox­ins. Peo­ple roll their eyes at me when I do it, but I’m do­ing them a favour.

Place mats ats Dream catcher

I bought this in Bali for my daugh­ter. As a mum you just want to watch over them and give them the best in life and hope they live their dreams. A little kid from the chil­dren’s cancer cen­tre painted this for me and the Syd­ney Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal pre­sented it to me. I keep it in my house to re­mind me to give back. These are tra­di­tional Ton­gan de­signs from my mum. I have a few spe­cial things that are quite tra­di­tional in black, brown and white. We use them all the time.

Plaque

I bought this for my daugh­ter and she’s en­joy­ing jam­ming with it. Mu­sic is part of her is­land back­ground, but I haven’t forced her. She has to dis­cover mu­sic for her­self and she’s find­ing her own nat­u­ral groove.

Light box Ukulele

W We switch the say­ing around all the time. I might put up some­thing mo­ti­va­tional and then I might come home to some­thing Sa­nia has put up. Right now it says ‘aloha’. I guess she’s telling me she wants a hol­i­day.

Tra­di­tional is­land fan

I take it ev­ery­where and even sing with it on stage. It’s the ul­ti­mate diva ac­ces­sory. It was a gift from my grand­mother, who has passeded away away.

Singer Prin­nie Stevens

Narrabeen apart­ment with hus­band, US bas­ket­baller Pa­trick San­ders, and daugh­ter Sa­nia, 11

Ken Done is a fam­ily friend of ours and I love this art­work. He’s known for pro­duc­ing work with lots of vi­brant colours, but this one has a real is­land flavour.

The beauty of our place is that it looks out over the beach, so I have kept ev­ery­thing else very sim­ple with light, soft colours.

Be­ing home means that I can be nor­mal and com­fort­able and with my fam­ily.

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