5 min­utes with . . . Alessia Cara

This singer-song­writer may only be 22 years old, but her songs “Here”, “Scars to Your Beau­ti­ful” and “Stay” have topped the Bill­board charts and she has re­ceived four Grammy nom­i­na­tions. Here are five things to know about her.

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She loves play­ing video games.

“I re­ally, re­ally love Su­per Mario Bros. and Mario Kart. And also this game called Roller Coaster Ty­coon, where you get to build theme parks. It’s my favourite.”

She was a sto­ry­teller.

“I used to write short sto­ries. That helped be­cause I learnt to de­scribe sce­nar­ios in a dif­fer­ent way.

She found a way to deal with her strug­gles.

“I think prac­tis­ing self-care has re­ally helped me—just re­mem­ber­ing what’s im­por­tant and pri­ori­tis­ing things. Once I fig­ured out that it doesn’t mat­ter what peo­ple think, [I felt more con­fi­dent about the] many dif­fer­ent as­pects of life.”

She has plans to go on tour.

“You can see me all over the world, hope­fully tour­ing in places I’ve never gone be­fore.”

She loves the sim­ple things.

“The five things that make me happy are laugh­ing, peo­ple I love, mu­sic, my fans and ‘happy’ soli­tude.”

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