Pink Says Her Kids Changed the Way She Approaches Music
Pink Opens Up About How Having Kids Shaped Her Music: "They Break You Open"
Pink's music has always leaned into her emotions — from rage songs like "So What" to the quiet desperation of "Just Give Me a Reason." But since having kids, the Grammy-winning artist says she's seen a huge change in herself and the way she approaches music. Now, "I worry so much," she says. That is, compared to her pre-motherhood self, who was "so fun" and "so cute."
"I was already a walking, open wound, like 'Please don't hurt me or I'll have to kill you.' And then the kids came and I was like, 'Oh, where did you come from?'"
Pink shares 11-year-old daughter Willow and 6-year-old son Jameson with her husband, Carey Hart. Both kids have made a major impact on her life. "They break you open," Pink shared during a Feb. 6 segment of "The Kelly Clarkson Show." "I was already a walking, open wound, like 'Please don't hurt me or I'll have to kill you.' And then the kids came and I was like, 'Oh, where did you come from?'"
She went on to share how sentimental she can be about the small moments with her kids. "Willow brought home a report card, and the lowest score was like a 96 percent, and I was like, 'How does this feel? How does it feel?!" she shared, in awe of her daughter's accomplishment. "'Wow, that must feel so awesome,'" she told Willow.
One of the songs on her most recent album, "Trustfall," was inspired by her kids and her approach to parenting. "I did 'All I Know So Far' because the older I get, the less I know. But this is what I have to give you: my experiences," she told Clarkson. "You can't borrow my knowledge, but I can at least say it out loud." It's a similar sentiment to what she shared recently on "The Drew Barrymore Show": "The kids, they're gonna be alright. Because they can borrow some of our knowledge, they're gonna buy their own, and we have open conversations about life."
She also shared how her parenting was shaped by her own relationship with her father, who recently passed away. "My dad used to say that to me, 'Honey, throw your head back and spit in the wind, and show 'em what you got,'" Pink shared with Clarkson. Those words made it into the first verse of "All I Know So Far."
Clarkson told Pink that she and her daughter, River, like to sing it on the way to school. Then Clarkson and Pink broke into a duet of the song guided by an acoustic guitar. Forewarning: you may need to pull out the tissues for this one.