Iggy Azalea says cultural appropriation is subjective, reveals hate affected her mental health



Iggy Azalea is Cosmopolitan's September cover girl, and inside the issue she opens up about a variety of topics including mental health, second chances, and cultural appropriation. The Australian-born rapper is promoting her sophomore album 'In My Defense', out now.

On mental health: She says her management insisted she attend a mental-health retreat in Arizona 2 years ago; "They just didn’t want me to f-ck up my own life, basically. [I was] not being able to separate well-intended criticism from trolling. The whole thing was very overwhelming, you’re suddenly mega f-cking famous within a few months. [And almost immediately, people make headlines by criticizing you.]"

On cultural appropriation: “You could ask one person of the same race, ‘Does this affect you?’ and they will say yes, but another person will say no. They could be from the same place, same everything, but have different perspectives about it. [In the past] I would hit back and say, ‘What about this that I had to go through?’ because I wanted to talk about my experiences of things I didn’t have, and it felt like I wasn’t acknowledging that there is white privilege and there is institutionalized racism... it seemed to people like I was living in this bubble or unaware of all these things that people have to experience.”

On apologizing and not giving up: “I’m still going to make the same type of music and still be ridiculous and larger than life, so I can’t be that f-cking sorry about it. I’m not going to stop fighting for a second chance until somebody f-cking gives me one, and then I’m not going to f-ck it up.”

Other reveals inside the issue are her discussing being her own boss now that she left record labels and became an independent artist. She says she moved from LA back to Atlanta. And she hopes to still be with her boyfriend Playboy Carti 10 years down the road - regardless if they get married or not.

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