Each portion was named after her favorite romantic movies, and on each track Estelle approaches matters of the heart from a single woman’s perspective and sings her heart out in her usual fierce and bold fashion. ESSENCE.com: What do you love about being single and fabulous? ESSENCE.com: When you meet a guy do you check him out on Instagram? It's kind of a precursor to what your life is going to look like together. I will go beet red in a second, and that's hard for brown girls.
We caught up with our favorite diva-about-town, a self-proclaimed “relationship girl” who ended a relationship a few years ago that took some time to bounce back from, and found out what she enjoys about the single girl lifestyle and how she navigates the modern dating world. I feel like Instagram and Twitter are your virtual life. For a regular, guy I look at his feed and I’m always like, 'ok you believe you're that person.’ If he takes multiple selfies, I'm good. ESSENCE.com: What do you consider first date no-nos? You do yourself a disservice by pulling your old stuff into your new stuff.
We were pissing around and he came in and started two-stepping. We didn’t think it was that hot - I was like ,’ Estelle exclaims when we ask her how she is in Wolof, the official language of Senegal, where her mother is from and where some of her family still live.
ESTELLE: No, it was a couple years ago, but I was in the relationship for two years.
I'm at the stage where I feel a certain way about love and partnerships; I'm not afraid of it. ESSENCE.com: We can just see you in a fierce wedding gown with your fierce bridesmaids.
caught up with Estelle to chat about her new album, her newfound confidence and her friend Kanye West’s Grammy Awards rant.
EBONY: You don’t shy away from painstakingly revealing yourself and your experiences with fans. Estelle: I use my art kind of like a form of therapy where a lot of people keep things bottled up.
'If you don’t love it, cool.’America does love it though; Estelle is in a short line of British artists – like Dizzee Rascal and De La Soul – who made it across the pond.
‘The problem is we go there and conform to them and don’t be us,’ she says, animated.
I’m very much able to release these things, sometimes in a good or bad way, on my albums.
I like the freedom of being able to do this in such a coherent way. I’m definitely more flexible today and open to trying new things.
,’ she offers, as she fumbles with her microphone in a plush hotel on the Champs-Elysées. ‘I’m not there to pander to anyone’s preferences,' she says.