International pop sensation Ava Max appeared on former E! News reporter Catt Sadler's new podcast, It Sure is a Beautiful Day, to discuss her struggles since trying to enter the music industry as a teen and her newly found success as a 27-year-old.
During the podcast, the "My Head and My Heart" songstress revealed a terrifying moment in which a producer locked her in a room to force her to have sex.
On the incident with the unidentified producer:
"I was working with a lot of producers that wouldn't give me back my songs I wrote in the studio. It was horrible. And I mean, I've been locked in a room before, like, I've never even said that aloud, but I've been locked in a room before because somebody wanted to instead work with me, have sex with me. I obviously got out and it was fine, but it was not cool. It was like mind games, and it was because I was young and they thought I was aloof. But I knew it was going on, so I wasn't falling for any of the games. And I think they got terrified and just let me out. ... I was crying and this person was like, 'Oh, those are crocodile tears.' And I'm just like, 'I just want to go home at this point. Like, don't even give me back the songs I've written. I just want to go home.' ... I remember just going to my girlfriend's house after. It was like 4:00 in the morning and when I left ... I was crying and crying. She was like, 'You know, this is not OK.' Like, she wanted to beat this person. I'm like, 'Let's just never speak to this person ever again.' And I left my songs there forever in that hard drive. I never got them out."
On fame and attention:
"I never wanted the fame, as crazy as it sounds. I feel like people don't even believe me when I say that, but I actually don't like cameras. Even when I'm on set, I'm like, 'Oh, gosh, I've got a [behind-the-scenes] camera while I have another camera on me. I can't handle all these cameras. I'm not a fan of that. Like, that's one thing I struggle with. I struggle with cameras. I don't like the attention. I don't like it. I love performing. I love recording. The attention is the hard part for me, and I think that's one thing I'm going to have to work on."
On the biggest misconception about her:
"The biggest misconception about me [is] that the label put me together and made me who I am. I think I read some of those comments and they get to me. Like I'm a puppet. And I don't like that because ... I'm super authentic. I really am. I write down all my treatments for my videos. I write all my songs. I do it all. I cut my own hair like this. I want to look the way I am on a daily basis. No one's making me. And I think when I read comments like that, it kind of gets to me because I'm like, 'No, no, no.' I am actually the complete opposite. I'll do the opposite the label says, and I think people need to hear that. I think because they think, 'Oh, this haircut,' but I truly love the haircut. I feel like right now in the moment it feels like me, and I do feel like I'm living two worlds in a way."
On the Lady Gaga comparisons:
"It's hilarious. I've been at red carpet sometimes and they're like, 'Gaga!' I'm like, 'Girl, that's not me.' ... [It's happened] a few times. Or they do it on purpose, like [to] push my buttons. We're not twins. We can be sisters but not twins. ... I love her, though. She's an icon."
On Britney Spears:
"It's hard for me because obviously I'm not in her home. I don't know what's going on. I don't know anything about her mental health. I don't know the ins and outs. So seeing a documentary, watching a documentary for me doesn't tell me anything because it's curated by somebody. It's hard for me to create an opinion. All I got to say is I love Britney Spears, and I grew up listening to her. She's incredible and inspiring, and she'll always be a legend. I think she looks happy in her Instagram, but again, who knows? And I just hope ... she gets well if she's not well and I wish her the best."
Ava Max also revealed she's currently working on her next album, the follow-up to "Heaven and Hell," and her upcoming tour.
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