Pink on Daughter Willow: She’s “Coolest Thing That Has Ever Happened to Me”
Pink opens up to GQ Australia about fame, motherhood, and happiness in an interview for the magazine’s August issue. The singer explains that her success hasn’t really affected her daily routine as much as many people would assume.
“My life hasn’t changed that much,” she tells the outlet. “I mean, I could do without the paparazzi taking photos of my child. But I tour, I write songs, I go through the same sh*t as everybody else. I’ve never enveloped myself in that ‘I’m a f*cking rockstar, I’m important’ thing. I don’t get it – either you’re a good person or you’re not.” And while she’s gotten happier since her youth, Pink observes that she still carries with her a great deal of pain concerning herself and the world around her.
She says, “I can use the word ‘happy’ and not flinch. I’m happier than I’ve ever been, but I’m also still living my life. I’m also exhausted, I’m sometimes really sad, I watch the news, I have a father who’s ill with Agent Orange, I have a grandmother who just passed away and friends who are single mums.” “It’s all relative. I’m always going to have something to write about. I feel that anybody who can say they’re completely blissful and happy doesn’t watch the news and is not engaged with the world,” continues Pink. She adds, “No, I’m not writing from my own absolute devastation right now, but I’ve got that embedded in my soul from the past – it’ll always be there.”
But her two-year-old daughter Willow has been a revelation to the singer. “She’s the coolest thing that has ever happened to me – she’s really f*cking cheeky and funny,” says Pink. “She’s just totally rearranged my view on life and my outlook, in every way and shape possible. I’m still a little bit nuts and I still have a really good time, and I still am me. But I wake up and start the day with a cuddle and that is the best thing in the world.” The performer says, “My mother was so happy I had a girl, because she said then I would understand what she went through with me. I’ll have to wait until she’s a teenager.”
She and husband Carey Hart debated having children, in part because of Pink’s difficult coming-of-age. “I didn’t want kids. I was terrified. The relationship I had with my mother was really rocky at times,” she tells the magazine. “I had moments where I wanted a kid with Carey. You know – you first fall in love, and you’re like, We should have kids,’ and then it went away.” She’s now thrilled that they decided to have a baby. “This is so rad. It’s more important than anything we’ve done,” reveals Pink. “Now I have someone to sing goofy-a** songs to all day and she likes it. She’s not judging me. She’s probably the only person who doesn’t judge me.”