Grammy Award-winning singer Pink covers the October issue of Women’s Health and opens up about staying in great shape, fellow popstar Britney Spears, and family life with husband Carey Hart and their 2-year-old daughter Willow.
On taking a break performing on the trapeze during her shows: “It took everything in me to get through those [U.S.] shows. I was in so much pain that there was just no way. It was the first time I ever took a pain pill onstage. I don’t even take Tylenol; I’m scared to mix two Advil. For Philly [she grew up in nearby Doylestown, Pennsylvania], I wanted to do the trapeze routine so badly, but I just couldn’t. I know my body. The last thing I want is for two, five, 10 years from now, not to be able to pick up my child because I was stubborn. I did it on television. I proved to myself that I could do it in the first place. And the show looks beautiful without it.”
On not smoking at home and around Willow: “Smoking isn’t cute at all. [I started when I] was 9. It’s awful. I hate the smell, the taste. I hate being around people when I smoke. I hate everything about it. I’m an asthmatic singing smoker! But for some reason, I look at it as the last remaining bit of me before all of this [fame and success]. I’ve definitely cut way back. At night, when I’m out drinking my wine, I’ll have cigarettes rationed to me. But I don’t smoke at home.”
On her relationship with Carey: “Long-term relationships are a layered onion. There’s something about him I love, and I want him to be OK, even if he’s not with me. When I met Carey, I was an abused puppy in the corner, ready to bite anyone who put their hand out. And there’s a part of me who will always be kind of like that. But he was the first man I was with who allowed me to take a deep breath [she exhales] and close my eyes and fall backward. And most of the time, he was there. That’s more than I can say about others. So when I say he took my heart and made it bigger, my heart was like this clenched fist. And even after he broke my heart, still, I had two bigger halves. I have more capacity to love and to be loved.”
On Britney Spears: “I’m not taking anything away from Britney because I really like her a lot, but I would never go to a show where the person was lip-synching. When you grow up listening to Janis Joplin, you’re not going to want to see somebody mime. I’ve always said I like Britney. I swear to God, I’ve stuck up for Britney since the beginning. She and I have talked about it. My point was, ‘Stop comparing me to her, because we’re different animals.’”
On how she stays in shape while on the road: “Ever hear of [the workout videos] P90X? My brother and his wife are both in the Air Force; they do marathons and triathlons. I went to visit and [she was doing P90X]. I couldn’t keep up with her–and she’d just had her first baby four weeks before. I was like, This is bullshit! I will perfect this thing! So usually, I wake up and do an hour of cardio, then an hour of P90X or yoga, then a half-hour of warm-up [during show rehearsal]. I do that six days a week.”
For more from Pink, go to Women’s Health…