‘Habits (Stay High)’ Singer Tove Lo Dishes About Her 5 Real-Life Habits

Tove Lo
Joahnnes Helje

On her hit record, the upstart Swedish singer says she uses drugs to ease the pain. But in reality, she’s hooked on coffee, sleep and love.

Tove Lo is breaking out with her hazy pop jam "Habits (Stay High)" -- which moves 16-13 on the Oct. 4 Billboard Hot 100 -- from debut album Queen of the Clouds, due Sept. 30 on Island Records. Despite the song's lyrics, staying high isn't really a habit for the 26-year-old Stockholm resident, born Tove Nilsson. But she does have some other quirks she just can't shake.

1. The first line of "Habits" is "I eat my dinner in my bathtub." Tove Lo sleeps there too.
"I always take a bath when I come home drunk, and I sometimes fall asleep, which is bad. But I always wake up when the water hits my face. So far, I haven't drowned."

2. She leaves never-ending voicemails.
"Instead of just saying, 'Hey, call me back,' I record the whole thing I wanted to talk about and keep the conversation going, even though no one's answering me. I do that every time. It always pisses off my mom."

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3. She drinks too much coffee.
"Every morning, I have at least two or three cups."

4. She forgets to turn the lights off in her apartment.
"I always leave them on, every time. I'm sure I'm going to come home after being on the road for four months and see that I left a light on. And I'm going to be like, 'Nooooo!'"

5. She falls in and out of love too easily.
"My whole album is kind of about that, the way my relationships go. That's definitely a habit."


This article originally appeared in the Oct. 4 issue of Billboard.


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