With her new album Girl on Fire heating up the charts, Alicia Keys pitched in on promotions by covering the December 2012 issue of Complex magazine.
The 31-year-old singer looked stunning in pieces from All Saints, Plein Sud and Wolford accessorized with Wouters & Hendrix jewels for the Gavin Bond shot pictorial while opening up about topics including art-imitating-life, her son Egypt's name and, of course, her new music.
A few highlights from Miss Keys' interview are as follows. For more, be sure to pay a visit to Complex!
On her new album:
"It’s not a departure. It’s growth. I love the way that I’ve been able to go deeper into my lyrics and my songwriting and go to a place I was too afraid to access before."
On art imitating life:
“I mean, what the hell? The whole freaking world is looking at your s**t. It’s scary. I didn’t want to say every single thing because you don’t want people to know that. There’s personal and there’s public, and I deserve the right to have a personal space.”
“Motherhood was a big part of me breaking free. Before I gave birth to Egypt, there was a certain energy of wanting to fix things. Women want to clean stuff up before the baby comes. I refused to be in any circumstance that would give negative energy to this. That was what pushed me over the edge. It was becoming a woman. I was a girl, and now I’m a woman.”
On her son's unique name:
"I took an important trip for myself to Egypt. There were a lot of things that needed to change. I was not as experienced then, so I felt close to a breakdown. I went to Egypt, and I went alone. I sailed down the Nile and I saw the temples, the tombs, and the pyramids. It was powerful. It was very Cleopatra. When we found out I was pregnant, my husband said, ‘Egypt was such an important time for you. That really changed your life. Wouldn’t that be amazing as a name?’ Once he said that, I was like, ‘Yes.’ ”