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Aza­lea was born Amethyst Amelia Kelly in Syd­ney, Aus­tralia, but when she was a child, her fam­ily moved to Mul­lumbimby, on the east coast, north of By­ron Bay. “I come from a town that has 3,000 peo­ple in it and two streets. No one wears high heels—in fact, peo­ple of­ten don’t even wear shoes. It’s not weird to be in the su­per­mar­ket and see some­one with­out shoes.” When she was 11, her grand­par­ents took her and her sis­ter on a trip to Cal­i­for­nia, which Aza­lea de­scribes as life chang­ing. “It was just so ridicu­lous and crazy. It was like ev­ery­thing I had seen in the movies. There are no lim­its in Amer­ica, and I like that be­cause I’m a very ridicu­lous per­son.” Rap mu­sic came into her life shortly af­ter, and by 16 she had dropped out of school and de­cided that the United States was where she needed to be. She landed a job clean­ing houses with the goal of sav­ing enough money to get to Mi­ami. “I ba­si­cally spent my last year in Aus­tralia be­ing psy­chot­i­cally ob­sessed with sav­ing money to go to Amer­ica. It was very planned out: How much money do I need to get there? How much money will I need for food?” Aza­lea has now lived in the United States for al­most a decade and cur­rently lives in L.A. with her fi­ancé, Los An­ge­les Laker Nick Young. “There’s a lot go­ing on here—and it’s way more com­plex than when I was 14 and liv­ing in Aus­tralia. But I still love it, and I will live here for­ever. It’s com­pli­cated, but it’s worth it.”

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