a mix between Kate Bush and Alanis Morissette, with a private life that
precedes her. Danny Scott meets singer-songwriter Fiona Apple
ELLE: You've had a tough
time over the past couple of years. Did you ever feel like giving up
FIONA: I still love making music but no one
wants to talk about that. The only thing journalists say to me is, 'I hear
you got raped when you were 12.' I first mentioned that particular
incident because I thought people would treat me with respect, but I ended
up with two years of hell.
E: Do you regret talking
about it in public?
F: I try not to regret anything. I knew it
was going to get me into trouble, but I'm not the kind of person who can
hold things back. All I can say is that I'm a little bit older, a lot
wiser and a lot stronger because of it.
E: Life seems a lot more
settled these days for you. You've moved to Hollywood, bought your first
house, got a boyfriend and...
F: I am very, very happy. As soon as I met
Paul [Thomas Anderson, writer and director or Boogie Nights], I
knew it was love. His is the kind of friendship that I never thought I'd
have. It's very real. We just hang out together all the time. I visit him
on the film sets, he visits me in the studio and - God, I'm beginning to
sound all stupid!
E: Would you still be
shooting your mouth off if you hadn't met him?
F: Probably. He's given me a new perspective
on life. He's made me realise happiness doesn't have to be tied in to my
career. I can be happy in all sorts of ways. Right now, I'm really
enjoying normality. I wish I could fill my days with normal, boring shit
like going to restaurants, decorating and moving furniture around.
E: And shopping?
F: God, no! I hate shopping. I know
absolutely nothing about what's hip. Paul had a film premiere the other
night and I bought my first new dress in ages which cost about $200. If I
see something I like, I buy it; I don't care who made it. Unfortunately, I
never try things on in the shop, so I get home and find out that the
lovely new outfit doesn't fit. I usually end up ripping it to shreds and
making a T-shirt. Fiona Apple's new single, "Fast As You Can,"
is out now. Her new album, When The Pawn..., is out on February 28.
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