Alicia Keys Says Her Twenties Were the ‘Worst Time Ever’

by Jeremy Spirogis
Alicia Keys at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards

Singer Alicia
burst onto the music scene on the age of 20. Just about everybody in
the leisure trade took discover when this gifted, younger artist belted
out her debut single “Fallin’” and performed the piano like a professional. Although Keys
possesses a uncommon expertise and charisma and appears to have the world at her fingertips,
she says her twenties weren’t excellent. Here’s what she as soon as stated about “the worst”
time in her life.

Alicia Keys’ rise to fame

Alicia Keys at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards | Scott Gries/ImageDirect
Alicia Keys on the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards | Scott Gries/ImageDirect

Alicia Keys, born Alicia Augello Cook, started taking piano
classes on the age of seven. She later attended Manhattan’s Professional
Performance Arts School and majored in choir. Keys landed a take care of Arista
Records in 1998. She later joined Clive Davis’ label, J Records, and launched
her debut album, Songs in A Minor in 2001. The album resulted in her
first Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single, “Fallin.”

Keys launched her second album, The Diary of Alicia Keys,
in 2003. This album resulted within the hit singles “Diary,” “If I Ain’t Got You,”
and “You Don’t Know My Name.” Her third album, As I Am, was launched in
2007. She has gone on to launch The Element of Freedom (2009), Girl
on Fire
(2012), and Here (2016).

Why Alicia Keys says her twenties had been ‘the worst’

Alicia Keys at the 2001 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards Show | KMazur/WireImageAlicia Keys at the 2001 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards Show | KMazur/WireImage
Alicia Keys on the 2001 VH1/Vogue Fashion Awards Show | KMazur/WireImage

The twenties had been difficult for Keys. She advised InStyle
she struggled throughout this time in her life as a result of she had problem expressing
her true emotions. Keys says she would by no means need to be 20 once more.

“I swear, I wouldn’t return to being 20 if anyone paid me
— it was actually the worst time ever,” she says. “I wished to slot in so
desperately. I used to be so blind, so depending on everyone else’s opinions, so
uncomfortable, so unclear.”

Keys says she no lengthy appears like that “blind” and “dependent”
lady she as soon as was. Fitting in is not a precedence. Now, she is extra comfy
being herself and sharing her views. “I’m coming to the place now the place I’m
capable of dwell extra totally in my pores and skin, my imperfections, my emotions, that are so
exhausting to entry,” she tells InStyle. “Because we need to defend our
coronary heart, proper? That’s what we’re all doing in a roundabout way. And I feel my potential
to entry that place has introduced a deeper connection to different individuals.”

What’s subsequent for Alicia Keys

The singer not too long ago launched an autobiography titled More
. Keys can also be set to launch a brand new album titled Alicia. The
former decide of The Voice was set to go on tour this 12 months, however excursions
have been postponed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

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