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.
Two premature babies was not a genetic thing; we were just unlucky.
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.
I think there's quite a lot of cowardice in music. I don't mind if it goes wrong, I just want to go for it.
I don't know why people think I'm polished - I often leave the house with buttons missing and ladders in my tights.
I learned to stand up for myself at school where I was never too popular.
I don't think anyone doubts my motives, really. I do what I do and it's not very complicated. Of course, you might hate the music that I make, but I don't think people feel threatened by me just getting on with what I'm up to.
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 like the influence of the macabre, but I don't believe in ghosts.
I had my autograph down by the age of 13. I used to sign it everywhere.
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.
I'm all for consumer rights. I get very aggravated if I don't get a good service.
I really love being in London at weekends - there's always so much to do.
It's funny how intimate it feels to get a text.
Having a successful first album is one thing, but a successful third is another.
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