Ke$ha Interview! The Sun

My boy crush is Ryan Gosling but I fell for Florence Welch at Coachella

Ke$ha on love, working with Iggy Pop and new album, Warrior

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Warrior princess ... singer on album artwork

KE$HA, best known for her song Tik Tok and her wild antics, is about to release her second studio album, Warrior.

The US star opened up to Bizarre about working with her idol Iggy Pop, partying with the Flaming Lips and how much she loves her crazy house in the woods.

Have you had much time off in between albums?

I did a tour followed by another tour, and then after that I was about to lose my mind, so I needed to spend some time alone. I told everyone to get lost and kind of went on a bit of a spiritual journey.

I lived on a boat for a little while, went swimming with whales, went to South Africa and spent time with animals.

You love animals so what did it mean to be named Humane Society International’s first Global Ambassador?

It meant so, so much as I’ve always loved animals since I was little. I just feel super connected to them. The most enlightening thing I can do is be around animals. I just love them, my heart melts.

Have you ever fallen out with anyone for wearing fur?

I don’t condemn people for their choices but my own personal choice is that I prefer to wear fake fur. I’m actually working on my own fake fur line. There are so many options that are very real-feeling and looking that aren’t harming the animal, so it’s a no-brainer for me.

Tell us about your new book, My Crazy Beautiful Life?

It’s a memoir but it’s like a photo book. There’s pictures on almost every page. I wanted to tell the real story from me, show people the pictures that have never been seen by anybody else. They’ve been in my basement since I was little. I went through them with my mum, we spent a lot of time digging through old stuff.

What’s the craziest picture you’ve included?

I’ve gone all out and bared all. There’s baby photos, photos of ex-boyfriends, and me waiting tables. There’s pics of me making out with exes. There are snaps of me crying, things you would never usually get.

This book is for my fans. Me with no make-up on, the real s***. It recounts my whole life.

You’ve collaborated with Iggy Pop on the song Dirty Love from your new album. How was that?

I’m a huge Iggy fan. I grew up on The Stooges. Iggy is the epitome of punk rock — he’s a god.

I started off just loving his records and then I started watching live footage of him.

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Pop Idol ... Ke$ha collaborates with Iggy on Dirty Love from her new album

He’s such an animal on stage, I love it.

Then I started reading about his life and he’s just so nuts through everything. After I reached out to him, I made it my mission to get him on a song with me before I die, and in my relentless stalking, I have succeeded.

Was he topless when you met him?

Yes, he was! He recorded topless. He’s got a great body. I’ve never been starstruck in my whole life, but the second I was about to meet him I realised how monumental it was for me and my career, and I broke down like a little b**** and started crying. It was so what I’m not supposed to do.

Do you mind still being known as the party girl?

The first record I wrote, Animal, all I was doing was running around being wild and fun and drunk. I didn’t have a job, I didn’t have a car, I didn’t have any money. It was awesome.

But since Tik Tok, I’ve been on the road most of the time. I still have a wild child inside of me. Maybe it’s not every single night I get to go and destroy s*** but I can still party with the best.

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Mouthy ... singer's tattoo that reads ‘SUCK IT’

What’s your ideal party?

I love house parties. I have parties at my house sometimes. I have a house that’s in the woods so I invite people over.

I invited the Flaming Lips over recently. I’d never met them before but they brought a van full of the band and within 20 minutes I’m giving Wayne Coyne his first tattoo on his foot with my tattoo machine.

Ben Folds gave me a glittery grand piano so we’re all like sitting round playing this piano tattooing each other. I have a salt water pool with laser beams in it and body paint and the world’s biggest bed. It was a good party.

How about a fire pit?

Yes. I’ve made it like that because I like having people over to my house and you can do whatever the f*** you want to. My house is like a wild log cabin.

What’s your biggest extravagance?

I’d say it would have to be my bed. It’s the world’s biggest bed. We fitted in the Flaming Lips, plus a couple of my friends plus my cat and myself comfortably.
What’s your mantra in life?

To make the best out of every situation. It’s not about being the most drunk or the most off your head. It’s about making the most of no matter what you do or where you go.

What do you spend most of your money on?

I’m trying to make a guitar that shoots out electricity... so stuff like that. I’m not frivolous but I’m not wasteful either.

Why is the record called Warrior?

There’s a couple of reasons. Firstly I feel like I’m a warrior. I’ve spent the last couple of years travelling and met a lot of my fans.

Something I kept hearing about was bullying and sexuality. I have a lot of gay and lesbian fans and they said how my music had helped them deal with bullying, so I wanted to write a record that’s about love and acceptance.

Describe the album in three words?

Magic, raw, fun.

Are there any acts you love in the UK right now?

I have the biggest crush on Florence Welch. I met her at Coachella and was like, “Wow”.

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Girl crush ... Ke$ha met Florence at Coachella

What’s your tipple of choice?

Jack Daniel’s or tequila shots

When was your last fight with another musician?

The other night with my guitar player. Whenever I get drunk I punch him in the face.

How many pets do you have?

Just one cat, Mr Peep$. I take a lot of photos of him, he’s just so cute.

What would you be if you weren’t in music?

A homeless person living on a beach, naked.

Who’s your celeb crush?

I don’t know. Who’s cute? Ryan Gosling?

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Pecs appeal ... Hollywood actor Ryan Gosling has a fan in Ke$ha

Favourite film?

Wayne’s World, The Princess Bride or The Shining.

Where do you see yourself in ten years time?

In a tree house in the jungle. I’m thinking about building one at home actually with a zip wire into the pool.

Last time you cried?

When I had to say goodbye to Mr Peep$ to hit the road.

How would you describe your love life?

Eventful, adventurous and always a good time.

Warrior is out on December 4!

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