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Dido Talks Music, White Flag & Independence

How did music come to you?

I spent a lot of my childhood in my own head, making up stories. I didn’t have a lot of outside influences, so I was able to make my own decisions about what I wanted to do. My dad’s Irish music was very much a part of me.
I feel very warm towards Mum and Dad for giving us the independence they did. My childhood, and the fact we didn’t have a TV, gave me a boundless imagination. Looking back, I think that’s why I did music. I’d get home from school and the house would be so quiet.

‘I’m in love and I always will be.’ Tell us about White Flag…

That was about my ex fiance a long while back – we broke up and it was a classic heart break song. I really meant it at the time.
With anyone that you love you always have a love for them, it doesn’t just simply die. But in this case it was probably more true back then than it is now for me.
It’s a great song and I still enjoy performing it. I like watching the audience respond and feeling you can put everything into it.

Breakups have a way of building you up or tearing you down – it’s nice to see you so happy now.

The older you get, the more you realize you’re drifting toward a direction, and sometimes your significant other drifts into an opposite direction. You can’t blame anybody for it. I like being a strong, independent woman, and to be honest, I was never afraid to be on my own. It’s great to go on your own and discover new things just for yourself, to meet new people and all that. If you’re all on your own, then there is nobody there to guide you and you have to make all the decisions for yourself. It’s quite liberating in a way.

Life For Rent Is – it’s an interesting thought…

I’m too much of a control freak and I learned with ‘Life For Rent’ that my life isn’t really my own. I only rented it for a while, but if I don’t manage to buy it, to own it, then nothing of what I think is mine is really mine.

It seems too often that people assume that when you begin to succeed that you are rich – but it is not true – right?

Well we know that time and hard work bring us to a better place if we stay with it and are loyal but there was a time in fact, I’d just wanted to own something. Everyone thought of me as glamorous, rich and famous but all I had was some recording equipment and a battered old BMW.

Any advice for us women supporting women?

30 – 40 – 50 there is no age for women anymore. Time gives us something that others have yet to find. Be proud of yourself exactly as you are. Don’t be afraid to be on your own. Sometimes I feel it’s great to just disappear, grab a suitcase, switch the answering machine on and just go somewhere else.

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