On feeling powerful: ‘This year is when I really started feeling powerful. I had always been the underdog secretly. I was on Disney when it was Miley [Cyrus], the Jonas Brothers, and Demi [Lovato], Even though my show was picked up, it seemed like I was putting in so much work and seeing no results. I questioned the way I looked, acted, sang, and wrote.
I started becoming very stale with my music, and I realized that I was doing things for other people. Then I turned 20, went through a really bad breakup, and realized I needed to pick up everything. I needed to have “Come & Get It” It’d be amazing. I wanted it all to be me. I was tired of feeling defeated.
All this time, And I was so pissed trying to figure out why I felt like such an underdog, and I finally realized I just wasn’t ready. I’m glad it’s taken me this long to get where I am because now I am ready for it.’
On her girlfriends: ‘I love my girl friends more than I’ve loved any of my boyfriends because they have supported me, loved me, and always stood by my side. Some girl will drop you in five seconds for the right guy. That’s not how it’s suppose to be.’
That’s why I love Demi and Taylor [Swift] they support females and love to have that empowerment! I wish girls would stop hurting each other. It’s all competitive through fashion, best friends, and boys, boys, boys! My wish is that girls would love girls more.’
On her fans: ‘I don’t feel like I can do enough for my fans. I work a lot, I work hard, and I get tired. But when you walk onstage and see these people who wait hours outside just to see you, it’s the greatest thing in the world. But it baffles me because they do so much for me and I don’t feel like I can do enough for them.’
On Katy Perry: ‘I actually talked to Katy Perry about guys who are intimidated by strong girls. I haven’t found someone yet who could understand my lifestyle, support it, love me through it, and not be threatened by it. It’s hard.
I do think I might scare some guys, because I’m like, ‘I want to change the world! I have dreams! What do you want to do?’ But I only know how to be me. I’ve changed myself for guys, and it doesn’t work. Eventually, I will find someone who is going to like me for the crazy person I am.’
On Lorde: ‘I recently did an interview and they asked me who I thought was up-and-coming and making a difference. I said, “She doesn’t like me, but Lorde,” I’m going to support her whether she likes me or not because I think she’s doing great things. I’ve never met her, but she’s extremely talented, and she has a voice that she likes to use, and I think that’s great. Someday I will see her and we’ll be cool.’
On her 3x Platinum smash, Who Says: ‘I love my song ‘Who Says’. It’s my anthem for girls,When I perform it, I have everyone sing to me and don’t sing. I want them to hear themselves say, “Who says I’m not perfect? Who says I’m not beautiful? Who says I’m not worth it?’ It’s the coolest thing for girls to feel that.’
On speaking your mind: ‘You can’t be afraid of what people are going to say, because you’re never going to make everyone happy. Girls are scared of saying what they want. So when you don’t like something, you have to say it. Demi taught me that. Just saying it out loud is the first step to taking away the fear.
It took me a long time to be able to say what I wanted, even with my parents. I tried to beat around the bush, but I realized if I just said what I was thinking, I would feel so much better. It’s not easy, but there’s a way to do it. Simply say, ‘No, this doesn’t feel right,’ as opposed to doing it aggressively.’