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ELLE Celebrity interview: Pink reaches new heights

Pink opens up to Laura deCarufel about music, motherhood and making mistakes.

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Laura deCarufel
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ANDREW MACPHERSON
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ELLE Celebrity interview: Pink reaches new heights

It’s the hottest day of the year in L.A., and we’re shooting Pink at a $45- million Malibu mansion, which is, funnily enough, owned by the inventor of soft earplugs. Marilyn Monroe’s Lincoln sits under a tarp in the driveway, and an infinity pool seems to stretch out to the vineyards below, which are threaded with sparkly aluminum foil to scare off animals.

Pink suddenly appears, barefoot and tanned, in the doorway. “C’mere, cutie,” she says as she reaches for her daughter, Willow Sage, who has just arrived with the nanny. It’s been a little over a year since Pink, 33, gave birth. She nuzzles the child, who is clad in pink pants and a T-shirt emblazoned with boxing gloves and the words “Ready for a fight.” “Mmm, that’s going to keep me going all day,” she purrs.

And it’s going to be a packed one: two back-to-back photo shoots, two interviews and a session with a TV crew, all before dinnertime. Not to mention that Pink’s first single, “Blow Me (One Last Kiss),” from her new album, The Truth About Love, is already a hit and a world tour will be announced soon. And then there’s the beauty news. “Guess who’s the new COVERGIRL!!!!!!!!!!!” Pink tweeted when the news broke. The comeback machine is whirring to life.

But the machine can’t contain her. Hours later, after hair, makeup and styling, she’s wearing a jacket by Stella McCartney (“my number one favourite designer in the world”) and braving the heat as the crew cools off with orange Popsicles. As one might expect from a woman who used to tell her record label “I’m not doing it—send me back to McDonald’s” when she felt they were steering her career off-course, Pink is refreshingly, almost shockingly, candid. She has a gaze that fixes and holds you. She’s thoughtful and a little wicked too.

A quick sampling: On the Dior dress that she wore to the Billboard Music Awards in 2000, her self-described most memorable fashion choice: “It was like dollar bills threw up on me.” On giving birth: “I had an emergency C-section.” Pause. “So now I have a smiley-face vagine”—the last word pronounced with an exaggerated French accent and delivered with a grin. Or her first words about her husband, Carey Hart: “I’m so mad at him right now, actually. I’m going to go home and punch him.” She laughs. “It’s true. But he’s great. He’s great. He’s an incredible dad.”

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