Alizée’s secret life

Young Alizee

“I didn’t have many friends.
I was very shy. Very withdrawn.
It was difficult for me to … interact… with others… and when I tried to, they pushed me aside and made fun of me.”

Back in December Alizée was on a TV show Stars au grand air where she and a few other artists sang each other’s songs. She did a great job singing another singer’s ballad, but for me the most interesting part of the appearance was what she said. Journalists never ask the questions that fans want to hear, but luckily other artists do! The text below was translated by P♥N at Alizée America Forum, and I took off the parts where the others talk about her and shortened it a bit. My comments in brackets [].

Alizée on Stars au grand air, December 19, 2014

“I am someone who is sensible/sensitive, but who keeps a lot of those emotions inside.”

[On being a younger singer in 2014:] “There are a lot of difficulties. Especially for someone who starts like me. I started at a very young age. I was 15. The difficulty is… […] It’s that … I am 30 and people still refer to me as “the little one”, like you also just called me (Referring to Michel Fugain who called Alizée “la petite”)”

Alizee performs Gourmandises

“I have done so many things in 15 years. But people think I’ve only done Moi Lolita. Thanks to this song I was able to travel the world. It was #1 in 22 countries. I was very lucky.”

“Moi Lolita, it was by chance. Random chance. When I was young, I didn’t sing. I wanted to dance during Graine de stars, but my friend asked me to participate as a singer aswell. She was the one who really wanted to become a singer and so I did her a favor by agreeing to sing aswell. [I never knew this, I thought she “had” to sing ’cause there was no solo dance category.]

“Mylene Farmer was watching TF1 and there was a commercial break. Mylene switched over to M6 and saw me performing “Ma priere”. The show was on in january, I met Mylene on the 18th of march. We went to New York for 10 days to record an album. She had a … cassette recorder… I listened to a bunch of songs, melodies. I chose the ones I enjoyed the most and **BAM… Gourmandises!**”

“When I look in the mirror I am not in ecstasy.
When I sing on TV, I never look at myself.
I don’t know why.
Everybody has their complexes and their problems.”

“When I was young, I didn’t feel comfortable in my skin at all.
I had an unusual name.
There weren’t too many Alizées.
People made fun of me.
I had glasses. I wasn’t a beauty.
I didn’t have many friends.
I was very shy. Very withdrawn.
It was difficult for me to … interact… with others… and when I tried to, they pushed me aside and made fun of me.”

Alizee

“So when I went to my dance courses it was a liberation.
I forgot all the bad things.
I took off my glasses and I could dance for hours.
I am not somebody who adores herself.
When I look in the mirror I am not in ecstasy.
When I sing on TV, I never look at myself.
I don’t know why.
Everybody has their complexes and their problems.”

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