Eurythmics frontwoman Annie Lennox, 57, has always been fiercely protective of her personal life during interviews. While she’s rarely spoken publicly of her two daughters – Tali, 18, and 22-year-old Lola (pictured above) – the legendary singer recently talked to The Guardian about her views on motherhood.
Having children, they’re not your property,” Annie said. “They need to figure out their own views. I think my daughters have a pretty healthy self-awareness but I can’t speak on their behalf.”
The mom-of-two – who dominated the music charts for years with hits such as Sweet Dreams, Why and Walking on Broken Glass – weighed in on current hitmakers Rihanna and Chris Brown.
“Here is a young woman who has been through domestic violence and she could become a tremendous spokesperson for that issue but the choice is hers,” Annie, a proud feminist said. “It’s not up to anybody else to do that.”
Of course if she did choose to do that it would be so f*cking powerful but it’s her personal right to choose it or not,” Annie continued. “We all have our issues and we have to deal with them in our own way.”
In celebration of International Women’s Day on Thursday (March 8), Annie went on to encourage a re-evaluation of the word ‘feminism.’
“I’m appalled the word feminism has been denigrated to a place of almost ridicule and I very passionately believe the word needs to be revalued and reintroduced with power and understanding that this is a global picture. It isn’t about us and them,” Annie said.
Annie’s recent campaigning – on HIV/Aids for example – has focused on difficulties experienced in the developing world.