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Are you getting there? “I hope so. I reckon maybe in five albums time.”


Earlier you said you lived with your mum. But I’m quite sure you moved to Notting Hill. “Well, I left now. After my first record I moved out of my mums and moved to Notting Hill on my own. My life fell apart. My phone got cut off, my credit card got cut off, the house was a mess, it was awful. I could not function without my mum. I’m still young, I need my mum, so I moved back to South London with her.”


Didn’t that feel like a defeat? Moving on your own is a big step and you weren’t ready. “I rather be defeated than when one day I come in the rats would be eating me. Right now my mum and I don’t live in a tiny place. It’s a big apartment, she can be at one end and me at the other. I don’t want to live on my own, I hate it.’


Why did you move out in the first place? “I’m coming and going so much for my work. I thought I might be a bit of a burden. I thought I was disturbing her constantly and felt sorry for her. That’s why I left. But I never liked the prospect of living on


my own. The only thing I liked was buying furniture and decorating. Me and my mum decorated the house on our own. The style? I like minimal, but not modern minimal. I like cosy minimal. I don’t like dark colours. Just very clean. White and clean.”


How quickly were you tired of the new place? “After the first month. I moved with my furniture back to my mum.”


How long are you planning to live with your mother? Exaggerated: “Forever!” More serious: “Maybe another couple of years. At twenty-five I will do it on my own. I’m hoping to be settling down in a few years. I’m old school: when you get married you move out of your home and live with your partner.”


Will you be staying in london? “Always. That’s home and my family is there. I’m very patriotic. I’m proud to be British. I would never leave. Unless I get married to an American who just could not come to the UK. But then I’d commute: one month here, one month there.”


Are the english paparazzi interested in you? “No. I don’t hide anything. I’m very honest. I don’t keep any secrets. I’d be


the first person to admit I was scandalous. If I did something crazy, I’d blog about it: ‘you never guess what I just did!’. I also don’t hang out with celebrities. I don’t go to celebrity clubs, but instead i go to the cinema with my cousin. No one’s going to buy a picture of me coming out of the cinema with popcorn. I also don’t surround myself with people who sell stories about me. I’m very isolated.”


You hardly drink, is that a conscious choice? “Yes. I smoke a lot. I can’t drink and smoke a lot at the same time, because I wouldn’t be able to sing. So it’s a professional choice. But yes, when I’m not working I’d go out with the girls and drink loads of white wine and have a party. Some people think it’s scandalous because I’m in the public eyes, but I don’t drink any more or less than any other girl in her early twenties. I think the daughters of those paparazzi drink more than me. Or do cocaine. I don’t touch drugs.”


You have the same friends for years. Is it easy to maintain friendship with them? “I do a conscious effort to make time. It’s possible, because I can count everyone on my hands who is in my life. I’m very good at being loyal.”


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