ELLE interview: Catching up with Cat Power

After enduring the end of a four-year relationship, Cat Power is back with a brand new album and attitude.

Nov 08, 2012
Marcel Anders
ELLE Interview: Cat Power

Music, film, fashion. Chan Marshall - a.k.a. Cat Power - conquered them all. Now, after a four-year hiatus and a nasty breakup with actor Giovanni Ribisi, she returns with her new album, Sun, and a different outlook on life. But talking to the press just days after her ex-married model Agyness Deyn is probably not the best idea.

After all, she recently lost the man she was with for four years, with whom she wanted to have kids, whose teenage daughter she helped raise and for whom she almost gave up her career. Although it sounds brutal, now, at 40, Marshall is alone, broke and full of doubt.

Today, the "Indie Rock Queen," who ventured into film for My Blueberry Nights (2007) and fashion for the House of Chanel (2006), is wearing a white T-shirt and a pair of black trainers. She chainsmokes while sitting cross-legged on the floor of her large hotel suite in Hamburg, Germany.

Losing her train of thought as often as she reaches for a fresh dose of nicotine, Marshall opens up in an interview with ELLE Canada.

Is Sun your manifesto?
"Are you crazy? Manifesto? Why would you say that?"

Because you're a 40-year-old woman declaring ‘I want to live my way of living...'
"I know. That's right."

Is that due to the nasty breakup you went through?
"I was still working on the record when the breakup happened. I don't know who put that shit in my bio because it's not true."

So it's not about overcoming Giovanni Ribisi?
"No. I can't believe someone said that. If we just broke up three months ago and it took me four years to record this album, someone's really bad at math."

The album is a reflection of what, then?
"Of my life. Of being...not of my life, that's so stupid. It reflects my state of mind. That's for sure."

So, at this point in your life, are you going back to everything you have sort of shied away from over the past four years: touring, modelling and being part of the fashion world? Have you called Karl Lagerfeld yet?
"I saw Karl.... My friend said, ‘Oh, you're in Paris; you should go to the show.' And I'm like, ‘No, I'm too fat, I'm too old.' And she said, ‘No, Chan, you have to go.

Everyone wants to see you. It's been four years.' And the day before I went, these huge flowers - I have never seen flowers so huge; they were so beautiful- showed up with a card that said ‘We've missed you, we can't wait to see you, love Karl.' No one has ever given me flowers like that."

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