EXCLUSIVE! Jessie J shares advice for young women: “Don’t play the victim”
If there’s one thing we know about Jessie J’s new single ‘It’s My Party,’ it’s that she’s written it with her “haters” in mind, but rather than playing the victim, the British starlet has turned it all around and given those haters a song they can dance to – how’s that for confidence?
MTV VJ Keiynan Lonsdale sat down with the blonde beauty this week, where she explained that she’s realised it never pays to be the victim, and she hopes that young women can take her lead on being powerful and standing up for themselves in the face of criticism.
“For me, I think the one thing I’ve realised is that I’m not someone that likes to play the victim,” the 25-year-old told MTV Australia.
“I feel like, as a female in this crazy, crazy business, I think it’s important to be confident and I think that’s probably the most respectful way of being sexy. And that’s what I want to teach young women, is to be confident and be powerful and be yourself – don’t play the victim all the time, with anything.
“Be like [sings], “You wanna cheat on me boy? You better go!” not, [sings] “He broke my heart, he’s leaving me,” you know? Be powerful, be the one that takes the stand.”
And with her brand spanking new album ‘Alive’ dropping next month, the star revealed that she’s been able to build her own confidence to produce a record that she feels is a lot “more comfortable” that her first.
“I’m not afraid to be raw,” said Jessie of her upcoming release.
“In the beginning [with the first album] I was like ‘I am myself, I’m me, I’m confident’ but I was covered in ‘stuff’ – very much a character. I love the moments of craziness and wow and the costumes, but not every day because it’s not real and that’s what I’ve had to discover. And I’ve had to discover that in the public eye.
“So people are going to go, ‘Oh, she’s changed,’ but no, I’ve grown up and I’ve realised what I feel comfortable being in this life.”
And it sounds like that comfort has spawned an album that really is a stark contrast to her debut record ‘Who You Are’ – both visually and lyrically.
“It’s grown up, it’s more comfortable, it’s a lot more honest and not all the songs are happy endings, and that’s ok,” she explained.
“So the album cover being no makeup, the picture was not retouched, I would not let them get rid of any under eye wrinkles or anything. And it’s called ‘Alive’ and I feel like it’s completely opposite of the first album visually, but the songs are very light and positive.”