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You ended a tour in the united states of america to go and see him. That’s also intense? “But that was along with family stuff. I wanted to regroup myself. I needed to work out a balance between myself, my family, my boyfriend, my friends and my career. I didn’t

have any time to adjust to the speed of my career. It

went from being four years being a support act to a worldwide success. I didn’t have the

time to find out how I felt about it. It was making me upset. I kept forgetting birthdays and stuff like that. Looking back on it I’m absolutely mortified I cancelled shows, but I’m pleased I did it. Now I know when it’s getting too much. I’m happy I did it early in my career because now I know I’ll never feel like that again.”

Did you feel like you were losing control? “It was to remind me I was in control. I’ve never not been in control, I’ve always known that. Everyone I work with said: it’s okay, it’s fine, take your time. If they said: ‘you f****ng get to work now, you get on that plane, you’re coming’ I’d be like: drop me, I don’t want to come. I’ve got an indie label in Europe and a major label over there and they were both very patient. They know me. They knew I’d be alright. That I’d come back. And I did: I toured for eight months.”

The song ‘someone like you’ sounds like a definitive farewell to your ex-boyfriend. Was it hard to write? “Yes. I was f***ing devastated.”

How did you manage to do it? “All the songs that I was first writing were angry. I was p***** off at myself, p***** of at him. I felt useless because I couldn’t make the relationship work. By the time I got to ‘Someone Like You’, I had accepted it more. I needed to stop dwelling on it and feeling sorry for myself. Writing this song was a way of closing the chapter and moving on.”

Keeping Mum

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