Pink has never been one to shy away from tough topics, and now the pop star (whose real name is Alecia Moore) has opened up about a series of devastating miscarriages she experienced, the first of which was when she was 17.
The now 39-year-old confronts her anxiety struggles and body issues on her new album, ‘Hurts 2B Human’. The lyrics from guitar ballad ‘Happy’ are particularly poignant: “Since I was 17, I’ve always hated my body / And it feels like my body’s hated me.”
Speaking to USA Today, Pink revealed: “The reason I said [those lyrics] is because I’ve always had this very tomboy, very strong gymnast body, but actually at 17 I had a miscarriage.”
“And I was going to have that child. But when that happens to a woman or a young girl, you feel like your body hates you and like your body is broken, and it’s not doing what it’s supposed to do,” she explained.
She added: “I’ve had several miscarriages since, so I think it’s important to talk about what you’re ashamed of, who you really are and the painful (expletive). I’ve always written that way.”
Despite that heartbreaking miscarriage, it was five years until Pink sought therapy. She’s been seeing that same therapist since she was 22, around 2001, when she released her ‘Missundaztood’ album, and credits her best friend and former assistant, Laura Wilson, for urging her to go.
“I believe in self-confrontation and just getting things out,” Pink told the publication. “What I love about therapy is that they’ll tell you what your blind spots are. Although that’s uncomfortable and painful, it gives you something to work with.”
She continued: “I think the reason I can go to such uncomfortable places and be so honest is because I have a really healthy sense of humour. I’m extremely self-deprecating, and when (expletive) goes bad — which in any life is inevitable — you’ve just got to find the funny. It’s because I can laugh that I can cry so hard.”
Pink has been married to Carey Hart since 2006, though they separated from 2008 to 2010. She and the 43-year-old have two children: daughter Willow, 7, and son Jameson, 2.
Pink also credits therapy with saving her marriage.
“It’s the only reason we’re still together,” she told TODAY Show.
“We come from broken families, and we had no model for: How are we supposed to keep this family together and live this crazy life? And there’s no book that says, ‘Here’s how to do this.’ So we go to counselling, and it works.”