On her new music as a solo artist: “I’ve been in rooms with people I never could have imagined being in rooms with. I’ve just been making music that I’m really proud of and speaks to my personal journey and my experience.”
On the departure from the pop ethos of Fifth Harmony to create her own alternative R&B sound: “I’m leaning more towards live instrumentation and my vocals are very raw so I’m really focusing on my lyricism. That’s where I feel like my strong suit is. I’m pretty vocal about the fact that [Fifth Harmony] wasn’t necessarily a representation of my personal taste in music or my expression in music. I think I speak for a lot of us when I say that…”
On how sexuality doesn’t be someone’s defining factor: “For me, it is who I am, but it doesn’t define who I am, the same way no one’s sexuality defines who they are. It’s awesome to be proud of the love you’re able to express in this lifetime. I would prefer if most of the headlines weren’t about [my sexuality], but I understand the sensationalization of sex in our culture so I don’t really care too much at the same time. I get it, people like to talk about who people are fucking.”
On what power player in Congress is an inspiration to her: “[Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] is a major idol for me right now. You know when your mom walks in and is like, ‘Okay. This is how it’s gonna get done. I’ve seen you struggle long enough – I’m just gonna fix this shit.’ She’s insanely human and she actually takes her position in public office seriously.”
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