The Day – After 2 decades of music and 2 kids, Pink is still a rockstar
Pink grapples with the fact that her 9-year-old daughter, Willow, along with her husband Carey Hart, is on the cusp of adolescence.
“These are always salad days, she’s still my baby,” Pink said in an interview on Zoom. “But she’s starting to ask me about deodorants and bras.” As at the right time, a siren sounds in the background. “And here’s my ambulance,” she said impassively.
Willow Sage and her little brother Jameson Moon are huge creative inspirations for the singer, whose real name is Alecia Moore. Earlier this year, she released a single titled “Cover Me In Sunshine” with the voice of Willow, which Pink says performed organically.
“She was in the room when I was recording. She liked the song and was humming, and she has such a cute lovely little voice. I thought to myself: “Do you want to sing on it?” She’s like, ‘Of course.’ “
In the new documentary “Pink: Everything I Know So Far”, available on Prime Video, viewers return in 2019 for Pink’s “Beautiful Trauma” world tour with Hart, Willow and Jameson in tow. The kids join her for rehearsals, she scatters them for bedtime and feels guilty when Willow evacuates that Jameson, a toddler at the time, is getting all the attention.
“I wasn’t sure anyone would want to see this,” Pink said of the concept of capturing mom’s life on camera, but her director, Michael Gracey, convinced her it was something to see. .
“He thought it was fascinating that someone who was headlining in stadiums was a full time mom. He had never seen this before and thought it was a story worth telling. After thinking about it, I was like, ‘Well, there aren’t a lot of women headliners in stadiums, and there certainly aren’t a lot of women traveling the world with their families. . “I just thought it was a timestamp … and something kids should watch one day when they built this tale in their heads that they weren’t loved or cared for. “
It’s a busy time for Pink, who also has a new song called “All I Know So Far” and accepted the Icon Award at the Billboard Music Awards last weekend. Past recipients include Jennifer Lopez, Janet Jackson and Mariah Carey.
“I wish I could feel it more,” Pink said of the honor, adding that she’s too self-deriving not to laugh at herself. “I’m like, ‘Oh, that’s the old lady’s prize,’ because Cher gave it to Garth Brooks last year. I’m like, ‘Wait a minute, I’m 41, not 70 years. “But at the end of the day, I guess two decades (in music) is a big deal, and I want to be able to figure it out.”
Pink says she’s “horrible” in acceptance speeches because she feels “awkward” and says “her jokes get bad,” but she made one pretty memorable in 2017 at the MTV Video Music Awards. While accepting another prestigious award, the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award, she spoke to Willow, who was in the audience with her father, about the importance of authenticity and breaking conventional standards of beauty. The speech is included on the “All I Know So Far Setlist” live album.
AP: You are known to use aerial silks in your performances and do stunts. Do you foresee a time when you would like to give up on this?
Pink: I’ll always want to. It’s just if people want to see it stuffed into a leotard. I mean, that’s the real question, isn’t it? (Laughs.)
AP: You co-starred with Gwyneth Paltrow, Josh Gad and Mark Ruffalo in the 2012 movie “Thanks for Sharing”. Would you ever want to act again?
Pink: No, it’s excruciating. I mean, I would do Broadway, that kind of game, even if it’s that awful, but no. I don’t want to see this (pointing finger) in high definition any more than I need to. (Laughs.)
AP: Speaking of Broadway, you worked with “Dear Evan Hansen” songwriters – Benj Pasek and Justin Paul – on the single “All I Know So Far”. How was it?
Pink: They are really great. I liked “The Greatest Showman”, “Dear Evan Hansen” and “La La Land” so much. They are such good storytellers, and I’m a theater geek.
AP: We’re talking about a re-recording of “Lady Marmalade” with names like Miley Cyrus and Halsey singing your part. What do you think of that?
Pink: It would be amazing. Why not? I saw Miley do “Silent Night”. This girl could sing the phone book to me. She is so good. Her voice is so moving, and so is Halsey’s rad. I think that would be cool.