EXCLUSIVE: Jess Glynne On Girls, Boys + Making Brit Pop Rock

EXCLUSIVE: Jess Glynne On Girls, Boys + Making Brit Pop Rock

She's got five number one's under her belt, a debut double platinum album and is pretty much playing every festival this summer. And still Jess Glynne found time to be our exclusive August cover girl

Jess Glynne is ruling the airwaves right now. With five number ones under her belt and an album that hasn't left the top 20 since it was released less than a year ago, she's pretty much taken on the mantle of her hero, Amy Winehouse. You can read the full interview in our August issue out now, but in the meantime, we thought we'd let you in on a few snippets from our conversation with her. This is the real Jess Glynne, as you've never seen her before...

On meeting the Queen...

‘Yeah, I had to learn how to curtsey! Everyone I was with was like, “Jess, just give her a hug! Just spud her! [bump fists]” Like, “What’s happening?!” But you can’t, can you?. They did say when she goes to shake your hand, you don’t grab it because she pulls it away. Anyway, she spoke first, and I was, like, “Hello, Your Majesty. [I'm not a royalist], are you? I mean, I love them. I really warmed to them. The Queen’s just very professional but, like, the cutest thing ever. She reminded me a bit of my Great Aunt Betty. She’s the same age and I was comparing them. I think my great aunt’s a bit more mobile. She’s quicker! She talks a lot more! On the iPad, texting, Facebook. She’s insane. I’ve got that gene.’

On the pressures of fame...

'I was chased by a load of kids outside of Planet Organic the other day and I felt like I was One Direction. It's really sad. The crazy thing is I'm still the same. For ages, people didn't know who I was. Then all of a sudden everyone knows who I am. But I haven't changed. My whole life has changed. At the same time, I love it in the sense that…’ She trails off. ‘Even when I say I’m famous, I don’t think I am. But I am. And I’m not really the same. It's weird, but amazing... I love it because it means I’ve obviously touched someone in some way but there’s another side if I’m on my own and I get swamped, then I hate it.’

On her platinum selling album...

‘My album, hasn’t left the top ten since. It’s just really overwhelming. The tours in America, the tours here… I look at all the things I’ve done and it all feels like a massive blur. The past year… it’s really weird. It’s not normal.’

On walking out of X Factor at 15...

‘I don’t even look at it as part of my journey. My family said I should go on it. A lot people were negative towards me musically, a lot of friends, even. Not intentionally, I don’t hate anyone for it. My friends believed in me but at the same time it was, like, “OK, how are you gonna do that?” When you’re working in retail for that long it gets to the point when the only thing you have is your own self-belief. The fight is still there’

On Amy Winehouse...

'I wanted to be her. When she came out i was like, 'She's basically me!' Part of me was really pissed off that she got there first but I was obsessed with her. Those two albums, Frank and [The] Miseducation [Of Lauryn Hill] were the first albums that hit me lyrically. How to write songs and write about life, and just love. I love Beyonce, You can see she’s in control of everything she does. I think if you are a female and you are doing this, you need to have balls. You need to believe in yourself and have the strength to stand by what it is that you want. Otherwise people won’t take it seriously'.'

On her sexuality...

'You know, people love to talk about the fact I’ve been with a female. That comes up in every interview. And I don’t want to talk about it again and again. It gets to the point I don’t feel like I have to justify myself in a certain way any more because there’s nothing to justify. All of these things are aspects of being a woman. And I think a lot of women break easier, succumb to talking a lot, saying too much, because they feel they have to. I was in an interview once and the journalist was going on about I Cry When I Laugh being about a guy. I'm not a liar. It wasn't a guy. I didn't want him to print a story and my fans to read that. It didn't feel right to lie. I’ve been in relationships… the majority have been guys. I don’t look at love as anything other than it is what it is'. In terms of the ex that inspired her album? 'You’d be interested to know what they think? Yeah, I don’t know where that person is these days.’

On her time at school...

'I had this attitude at school, I was just like, “Fuck you!” I wasn’t mouthy, I was just honest with how I felt. [My music department replaced me at the last minute], that really pissed me off. I knew I could never win with them.’

To read the feature in full (and see the rest of Jess Glynne's stunning photoshoot), see the August issue of British InStyle, on sale now for the special price of only £2 (usually £3.99)

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