Thursday, November 15, 2012

Alicia Keys for Complex Magazine December 2012/January 2013

On what drives her: “I’m competitive with myself in the sense that I want to get better. It’s not that I’m obsessively dissecting myself, but there’s a critique that happens…I’m not comparing myself to other people. I don’t wanna be like her or him. I want to be my best.”

On “Brand New Me”: ’ I love that song so much. It’s so freaking real.

On privacy: I didn’t want to say every single thing because you don’t want people to know that. There’s personal and there’s public, and I deserve the right to have a personal space.”

On her change in perspective: ”Because I started so young, so much of my life has been like catching up to myself—or trying to run underneath myself so I’m not falling. I finally stepped back and was able to look at it all and say ‘Wow.’”

On growing up: “Some people who I knew for years—we couldn’t be on the same page anymore…The hardest thing is to trust yourself, to know that what you’re feeling is valid…I realized that I can trust myself and say, ‘No, I’m not comfortable with that.’ That was the toughest part. When I finally had the bravery to do that, that’s when I started to feel on fire.”

On naming her son: “When we found out I was pregnant, my husband said, ‘Egypt was such an important time for you. That really changed your life. Wouldn’t that be amazing as a name?’ Once he said that, I was like, ‘Yes.’ ”

 Courtesy of Complex Magazine

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