Through all the surg­eries and crazi­ness... I feel I’ve been able to find the old Anastacia

Anastacia tells LUCY MAPSTONE how she’s back tak­ing her right­ful place in the spot­light again af­ter cancer and her dou­ble mas­tec­tomy

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POP pow­er­house Anastacia says she feels like she’s come home now she is mak­ing mu­sic once more. The Amer­i­can singer­song­writer and for­mer dancer has been through a lot over the last few years but re­tains her ex­u­ber­ance and in­fec­tious laugh­ter.

Her health com­pli­ca­tions in­clude two bouts of breast cancer, a dou­ble mas­tec­tomy and a life-long bat­tle with Crohn’s dis­ease but she says she now feels like she is back to her old self.

“I feel like I’ve been able to find the old Anastacia through all the surg­eries and all the crazi­ness and all the ups and downs,” she says.

“I re­ally have found my way back to how I write. I know ev­ery­body has a rap­per on their mu­sic, but I’m just go­ing to do my thing. I can’t run away from who I am.”

Her lat­est al­bum Evo­lu­tion means a lot to her and sees Anastacia do­ing what she does best, via a stint on Strictly Come Dancing, the launch of a cloth­ing range and a tour of her big­gest hits in Europe.

“I ac­tu­ally feel like I’ve been re­born a lit­tle bit, be­cause this is what it used to be like, for me,” she says, rem­i­nisc­ing about her early days.

Anastacia burst onto the scene with ro­bust pop clas­sic I’m Outta Love in 2000, launch­ing her on an en­vi­able ca­reer af­ter years of try­ing to break into the in­dus­try.

“This is what I did when I started, so I didn’t know any bet­ter, I thought ev­ery­body al­ways worked like this and in the height of my ca­reer – from the first song on – there were tons of in­ter­views and blah blah blah, and it was fab­u­lous,” she en­thuses.

“And now I feel like I have come back into that cir­cle, be­cause I’ve de­liv­ered an al­bum and, from what I’ve heard from peo­ple... it could all be lies, but they’re say­ing that this is like me com­ing back to the in­dus­try as strong as I came into it. And I’m very grate­ful for that.”

The 49-year-old ad­mits she does not know how she man­aged to fit ev­ery­thing in for her seventh stu­dio al­bum.

“I have no idea how I did that be­cause I was do­ing a tour at the same time and mak­ing a cloth­ing line, so I’m still go­ing, ‘are you re­ally jok­ing with me? Is this a prank? Am I on Punk’d?’” she says.

“As I stand back now and I look at the al­bum, I do kind of feel like the old Anastacia again,” she says.

“Mu­si­cally I don’t feel like I’ve changed. I think the mu­sic in­dus­try has gone through an evo­lu­tion and I’m still here,” she of­fers by way of ex­pla­na­tion for the al­bum’s name.

“I’m still here singing the same thing, but ev­ery­thing is dif­fer­ent in the mu­sic in­dus­try.”

Some­thing that has changed for Anastacia, though, is the amount of tour­ing she does. There’s even more. Her health prob­lems haven’t made her take a step back from tread­mill that comes with trav­el­ling and per­form­ing then?

“Nope, and I think over the years, with the man­ager I have now, he’s ac­tu­ally got me tour­ing more,” she says.

De­spite hav­ing just com­pleted her Ul­ti­mate Col­lec­tion tour, Anastacia is al­ready plan­ning her next one and will hit the road next April.

Anastacia de­scribes her voice as her “mus­cle” and adds: “I can’t re­ally abuse it, and that’s why it still sounds like it does 20 years later. I’m con­tin­u­ing to try to keep go­ing.”

She wants to make it known she’ll be do­ing this for many, many years. “They’ll be wheel­ing me out in my blinged-out wheel­chair,” she laughs.

The al­bum Evo­lu­tion is out now.

I’m still here singing the same thing, but ev­ery­thing is dif­fer­ent in the mu­sic in­dus­try Anastacia, above, on stay­ing true to her style in the mod­ern mu­sic land­scape

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