New al­bum from Pink!

The mul­ti­plat­inum pop star is back with her sev­enth al­bum, Beau­ti­ful Trauma

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GET­TING REAL “The dif­fer­ence be­tween this record and a lot of other records I’ve made is I was liv­ing a nor­mal life while writ­ing it,” says the 38-year-old mom of two. “Nor­mally, since I was 19, I’ve gone ‘Make a record, promo, go on tour.’ That’s been the cy­cle.

“This is the first time I’ve been like, ‘Take my daugh­ter to preschool. Go on a date with my hus­band.’ It’s real life that’s been on my mind.”

She says hubby Carey Hart has be­come used to be­ing the sub­ject of many of her songs. “I don’t even think he’s lis­ten­ing half the time. He’s just like, ‘Good stuff, babe.’ And I’m like, ‘Thanks, honey’.” WORK­ING WITH EMINEM Pink says the track Re­venge, which fea­tures rap­per Eminem, would never have hap­pened if she hadn’t got drunk at home one night and con­tacted him.

“I emailed him – and this is why they call it liq­uid courage – and I said, ‘ You know I love you. I like that you work with a lot of the same peo­ple, like Ri­hanna. She’s hot­ter than me, but I’m fun­nier. So I’m go­ing for a rap Grammy, and I’d like to take you along with me.’

“It was this long email and he wrote back right away and just said, ‘Okay’.” A DIVA DISS­ING HER Not ev­ery­one wants a collab. Pink re­cently told of how R&B le­gend Mary J Blige flatly turned her down.

“I was host­ing the Lady of Soul Train Awards [in 2000] and I walked into her trailer and I was like, ‘Hi! Would you ever work with me?’ She took one look and went, ‘No’. I go, ’Okay! I love you, Mary! I’ll see you again!’ ”

Pink says she wasn’t in­sulted at all. “That’s what I love about her – I re­spect it, be­cause so many peo­ple will be like, ‘Yeah, call me!’ ” BE­ING PO­LIT­I­CAL The so­ciopo­lit­i­cal com­men­tary in tracks such as What About Us and Stupid Girls is in her blood, she says.

“I grew up with a Viet­nam vet dad and a Viet­nam vet step­mom and a nurse for a mom – peo­ple who have al­ways been in the ser­vice . . . And I grew up lis­ten­ing to rock ’n roll and, you know, protest mu­sic,” the singer says.

“I feel like with these songs I’m do­ing my part a lit­tle bit. It’s very clear who I am and what I be­lieve in.”

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