Alexandra Burke‘s new Fabulous magazine shoot sees her pose it up with a bed of roses. And yet, conversely, the last 12 months have been anything but that for the talented songstress.
Characterised by family drama, a departure from longtime label SyCo, and a polarizing X Factor guest judging spot, the 23 year old is rising above the taxing time with the release of new single ‘Elephant’ and her sophomore album.
Peep excerpts from the insightful interview after the jump, where more pics from the shoot also await.
On Leaving SyCo / Simon Cowell:
“It’s been a learning curve and the whole thing with Simon Cowell was hard. He always told me he respected the fact that when he made a decision I didn’t agree with, I would call a meeting to argue my point.
But he’s so busy and I’m high-maintenance as an artist because I want everything to be better and better. We agreed it was best for me to move. I still think he’s an incredible person. I’ve learnt a lot about business from him and I’ve always respected his honesty”.
On The :Backlash” From Her X Factor Judging:
“It’s fine, it’s a TV show, it’s a bit of pantomime. Take it for what it is and don’t take any of it to heart.
You have to grow a really thick skin if you want to survive in this business, and you have to learn to keep on going whatever people are saying. It’s tough, but you have to get tougher. I’m a very different person today from that the girl who won X Factor in 2008.”
On Life After Winning The X Factor:
“You’re so protected when you do that series. It’s like the winning is everything and then it ends and you realise what it’s actually all about is being good, surviving, taking your opportunity and making it work.
[I would constantly Google myself] I was totally obsessed. I wanted to see what people were saying about me. I would only take notice of the bad things. I’d browse forums and look at all these awful things that were written.
After a few months, I had sent myself into depression. My management stepped in and basically banned me from reading anything about myself. I forced myself to focus on positive stuff.
I also accepted that not everyone is going to like me. I’m a strong character, I am who I am. If everyone thought I was great there would be something wrong. Loads of people hated me on X Factor, but a lot of people liked me, too. At least I made an impression. At least I wasn’t boring. I honestly don’t care what people say any more, but it’s been tough to get to this point because you have to go through a lot of upset.”
On Friendship With Beyonce:
“I sent a message to her PA after Blue Ivy was born and got a nice note back. She’s a real inspiration. I was in New York a few months ago and she found out and sent me a message telling me to get my behind down to a perfume launch she was having.
I met up with her and her mum and Jay-Z. That woman has got absolute class.”
Alex’s epic new single ‘Elephant’ arrives at digital outlets on March 12th via RCA / Sony Music.