P!nk is always outspoken and relatable, whether that be about body confidence, female empowerment or living life as a mother. Her most recent album Hurts 2B Human, which dropped on Friday (April 26), features a tune called “Happy,” a ballad in which she muses the heartbreaking lyrics, “Since I was 17, I’ve always hated my body / and it feels like my body’s hated me.”
She revealed in an interview with USA Today that while the lyrics partially reflect her insecurities about having a “tomboy” body, she also had a miscarriage at 17 years old. “And I was going to have that child. But when that happens to a woman or a young girl, you feel like your body hates you and like your body is broken, and it’s not doing what it’s supposed to do,” she explained. “I’ve had several miscarriages since, so I think it’s important to talk about what you’re ashamed of, who you really are and the painful (expletive). I’ve always written that way.”
The songstress also discussed going to therapy five years later, thanks to encouragement by her best friend and former assistant, Laura Wilson. She started sessions shortly after the release of her 2001 album Missundaztood and is still seeing the same therapist to this day. “I believe in self-confrontation and just getting things out,” she said. “What I love about therapy is that they’ll tell you what your blind spots are. Although that’s uncomfortable and painful, it gives you something to work with. I think the reason I can go to such uncomfortable places and be so honest is because I have a really healthy sense of humor. I’m extremely self-deprecating, and when (expletive) goes bad – which in any life is inevitable – you’ve just got to find the funny. It’s because I can laugh that I can cry so hard.”
Read the full interview here.