Not all my shoes are designer. In terms of clothes, everything is on the same level for me. If I like it, it doesn't matter if it cost £200 or £2. I'm attracted to things rather than labels.
When I first started out, I got criticism for the way I looked. I think, now, it's a good thing because, why would you want to look like everyone else?
Trust your instincts: they tend to see you right. By listening to them, at least you can sleep at night.
Now when I say Sophie Ellis-Bextor I feel that's not really me because that's become this entity from doing the gigs and the shows and the make-up contracts and whatever else.
The X Factor' is great entertainment, but it doesn't prepare people for getting chewed up and spat out by the music industry.
I've got quite a curvy shape so I try to wear stuff that's tailored.
When it comes to my family I never quite know how protective I have to be, or what I should or shouldn't say.
I'm a little bit allergic to the whole brand thing to be honest but maybe it's just happening around me and I'm not really aware of it.
I'm happy that I have a look, but I don't over-analyse whether or not it's beautiful or ugly.
I like the influence of the macabre, but I don't believe in ghosts.
I never manage to get to bed early on Sunday night but this doesn't matter, as I don't know one level of exhaustion from another.
I tasted huge success with my first album, and when it's happening it feels like a roller coaster you can't get off. You should be very careful about wishing for success on that scale.
On my wedding day. I didn't want a natural, blushing-bride look - I had a full-on hairdo and red lips. I thought it would be disingenuous to do the whole virginal look, so even though I had the white dress, I had pink net underneath.
Some people can get away with being very sexy to men and not looking like a complete cow, but I didn't think I was in a position where people knew me well enough
I'm a sucker for good black skirts and pretty little shirts and kooky tops. I have to admit that shopping satisfies my craving for immediate gratification.
I'm someone who has always been quite clear about what I like. In the studio, I'm not a control freak but I know what I want.
You need to have a life outside your career.
I had my autograph down by the age of 13. I used to sign it everywhere.
Two premature babies was not a genetic thing; we were just unlucky.
Turning the thermostat down is something that I do pretty reluctantly. I like to be able to walk around in whatever I fancy at home.
You learn that, when your children are all right, everything is right in the world.
The fact that my mother was on television every week while I was young was occasionally awkward, and often frustrating.
You have to apply yourself because you'll never get a better opportunity than the one you have right now. Having said that, people know by now if they like me or not. I don't need to prove anything.
I can definitely tell when mum has got money because then she likes to go shopping to spend it, whereas dad is steadier and avoids splurges. I like to think I've inherited both sides.
I would love to record something with PJ Harvey or Alison Goldfrapp.
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