It happens on a small scale too, cyber bullying in America especially is at its worst. As you’re an idol to a lot of young people, you think you’d like to be an advocate for stopping this?
I am really interested in raising awareness for online safety and cyber bullying. Five days ago one of my followers committed suicide, and it happens to others so much. People don’t realise how serious what they say online is, it doesn’t just disappear. Even for me as a young woman, what if that day I got broken up with, I got into a fight with my mom, and then my brother told me he hated me, and then I go online and I see your mean comment. You never know what someone has been through that day, or that minute. People do things in a moment of anger, even if they’re not going to commit suicide, why are you hurting someone’s feelings who you don’t know, or who you do? For me, I try to laugh at it, as they look stupid. But it’s so hard for young people.
Do you find that having an online presence, an almost brand, affects the music you make?
I would say my aim is to make songs that are inspirational, that are empowering. I have a song called ‘Unbreakable’ that is very uplifting, but now I am a bit older I try to convey a message of female empowerment. I’m a bad bitch and you’re lucky if you get me, kinda vibe. I want to make sure my fans love their bodies, are confident. I like to be honest on Twitter and stuff with them, so if my skins bad, I would Tweet and tell them and ask what I should do.
Do you think that you find it hard as an American young woman that there’s something particular you have to deliver?
Yes and no. I think at the current time people really want to see something that is authentic, I try to be real and honest. I think when I have young fans I need to treat them as friends, and show them what’s important to me. To use social media as a way to communicate, I feel really close to them.