Charli XCX become known when her hit track Boom Clap played across the big screen in the tear jerking film, The Fault In Our Stars.
The 22-year-old singer from the UK, opened up to Seventeen magazine in their December issue about building an empire, why she doesn’t want a boyfriend, how she defines her style, how she’s dealt with haters, and more.
Check out the full interview in Seventeen’s December/January issue on newsstands November 25th.
On what her plans are for her music career:
“Im going to build an empire. I’m always writing for someone. I want to be someone who has her fingerprints all over the pop charts.”
“I’m too busy taking over the world to have a boyfriend right now. But it;s not like a no-go or anything like that.”
On what it means to be cool:
“When you’re growing up I think this idea that the coolest people are the ones who are really rude and feverish. But I’ve come to realize that isn’t cool. I think the best people are the ones who are just as nice and fun. This is really cheesy, but you only have one life– why spend most of it pretending to be cool?”
On how she dealt with haters:
“I spent a lot of my teenage years experimenting with who I was as a person and really hitting it right. And then I realized I just had to chill out in life. Over the past year, I’ve really found peace in myself and realized that I just genuinely don’t care what people think about me. It’s so liberating.”
On how she defines her style:
“I don’t make punk music– I make pop that’s inspired by elements of punk. For me, as a person, am I punk? In the sense that I do what I want ans I enjoy going against the norm. I suppose I am.”
She got her start when club promoters heard her first song, “Dinosaur Sex” and she started performing at raves:
“My parents knew and would actually come with me. So it was like a weird attempt at rebellion that turned into a family outing. But these were like real, full-on raves and there were lots of drugs and stuff. My mum was kind of freaking out, but they would stand at the back and watch me perform from afar. It was kind of strange, but also cool that they wanted to be a part of it and they were looking out for me.”
On doing things her own way and being unique:
“I don’t want to do what people tell me to do and I never do. I really believe that the ideas that are inside my own brain are better.”
On why she doesn’t consider herself a role model:
“I don’t want to be a role model in the sense that I don’t want people to try and be like me. I don’t have a problem with people liking my style, but everyone is their own person and the only way I’d like to be a role model is to encourage girls and boys to be themselves rather than try to replicate what I do or what I’ve done.”
On her high school years:
“I was never like some of the girls in my school who were getting spray tanned or getting their hair done to go to school. I was just there to go to school and hangout in the art department, like Janis from Mean Girls, but a little less crazy.”