This week’s Billboard cover star P!nk took some time during her photo shoot to reflect upon some iconic moments from throughout her career, including filming her very first music video, her breathtaking aerial Grammys performance, and her 2018 Super Bowl appearance that she braved the flu to make happen.
First, the singer is shown a clip of the music video for her 2000 debut single “There You Go,” which saw her epically get revenge on her cheating ex as she flew her motorcycle into his apartment window.
“I think this is the prettiest I’ve ever looked, and will ever look,” she tells Billboard of the video as she watches it back. “I’d just started riding motorcycles. I almost crashed 85 times.”
She also recalls that she smoked a lot of weed during the shoot, and that director Dave Meyers had to keep asking her to stop since she could barely keep her eyes open during the beauty shots.
Shown her hilarious 2006 video for “Stupid Girls,” P!nk shares that while she enjoys making fun of other people, she also really likes making fun of herself. Speaking of the scene when she’s dancing next to what’s meant to represent 50 Cent, she reveals that the actor playing him was named Quarter Cent (he also goes by Two Five). “I’m not kidding. It’s 50’s cousin. At least that’s what he told me,” she adds.
As for her stunning, gravity-defying 2010 Grammys performance for her song “Glitter in the Air,” P!nk discloses that she still can’t believe that she was allowed to pull that off. “They let me do a song that wasn’t a single, that no one ever heard before,” she notes. “They let me fly 100 feet in the air, with no harness, with water. It was so much fun.”
She also admits that she was really nervous at the time, even when she walked down the catwalk before being lifted into the air. “I couldn’t walk in a straight line. I’m pretty sure in the first verse I almost fell over twice,” she says of walking in that white dress. “That was awesome. And LL Cool J looked at my butt. But so did Rihanna. It was a good butt.”
Looking at her 2013 video for “Just Give Me a Reason” with Nate Ruess, P!nk remembers going to her fitting and thinking that she was fat and not wanting to wear anything revealing. Now, however, looking back at it, she thinks to herself, “I was so thin.”
“That’s what we do to ourselves and we should stop it,” she adds. “And now I’m almost 150 pounds and I look fucking awesome.”
The final moment that P!nk is shown is when she sang the national anthem at the 2018 Super Bowl. Aside from noting that she had an “interesting outfit choice,” the singer expresses shock that she was even able to sing that day, since she had the flu at the time.
“I had planned this Super Bowl experience for my whole family, cause the Eagles were playing and we’re from Philly,” she says. “And then of course, the one thing the camera finds, the first place they find me is me spitting out my lozenge onto the grass. I was like, ‘Well, I tried!’ Aw, memories.”
You can check out the full video above to see P!nk react to even more memories from her career, including shooting the cover for her album M!ssundaztood and when she was names Woman of the Year by Billboard at Women in Music 2013.