Back when P!nk began her career, she was known as the pop star who was a little rough around the edges.
But now that she’s settled into motherhood with her 1-year-old, Willow Sage Hart, we’re seeing a different side of the 32-year-old. She’s softened up her hardened persona and even describes herself as “pillowy.”
P!nk revealed to Play 98.7’s sister station, AMP/Los Angeles, that this may be the reason why other musicians answered the call to work with her this time around. Her upcoming album The Truth About Love features several collaborations, including one track with Lily Allen.
“For the last 14 years, everyone has said no [to collaborations]. But this album, everyone said yes! And I think that’s because people think I’ve softened. I think people maybe think I bite!”
Becoming a parent has impacted P!nk’s songwriting process, but on The Truth About Love she still maintains her signature wild child charm.
“Now I’m like a mom, MILF girl. I talk about diapers and the color of her poop!” P!nk said. “That’s fascinating to me and how am I going to make the world understand that? But no, it just happens. I’m aware of the cursing more. I haven’t stopped yet, but I’m aware of it, so I just kind of yell loud in the house when something’s playing and there’s an F-bomb.”
The lead single off the new album, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” may have some risqué lyrics that little Willow can’t understand quite yet, but P!nk loved it from the second she first heard the melody.
“I just instantly wanted to rip my clothes off and dance and drink and just blow off steam. Yeah, it’s a break up song. I’m still exercising some demons, but it’s so fun and I feel like I wake up every morning and it’s a dance party and that’s kind of how my record is.”
Willow loves the song too, but P!nk admitted, “Right now she’s really into the Black Eyed Peas! She really likes ‘Dirty Bit.’”
P!nk wrote about 40 songs for her album and she explained why only 13 will make the cut, “I like to put 13 songs on my record. It’s my lucky number. I had my first kiss on Friday the 13th in a graveyard!”
One thing you won’t be hearing on this album? Dance music, which seems to be the biggest trend in pop music right now.
“Honestly, when there’s something that’s so popular like that, that does my head in, I know better what I don’t want than what I do want. And when there’s something like that happening, I’m like, ‘Cool, not that!’ I’ve done a whole career of, ‘Okay, not that! I don’t know what, but not that!’”
P!nk was determined to create her best album yet, which meant breaking away from her usual routine.
“I’ve been on this video game, this level and I’ve collected all the gold coins and the talismans that you can collect. And my thing with this album was I either need to go to another level or quit the game because I feel like the people that do like me deserve better.”
The Truth About Love will be released on September 18th.
-Sarah Carroll, 97.1 AMP Radio, Los Angeles