(UK)    March 2000
by Danny Scott

She's 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 rock'n'roll?
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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