Our favourite soul sister and one of UK’s most famous exports across the pond covers this week’s edition of Evening Standard Magazine and features inside with a 6-page editorial and interview.
In a photo shoot lensed by Kate Davis McLeod and styled by Orsolyo Szabo, Estelle models looks by Gucci, Lanvin and DVF and off camera our favourite home girl is her usual FAB self as she talks candidly to Amy Raphael.
Estelle’s new album All Of Me available in stores and online 28 February.
On “American Boy”
“Lord have mercy! I love that song. It was a juggernaut. After that my life went from 0 to 60. I’ve sung it every day for the past four years in some capacity. People walk straight up to me and ask me to sing it. I’m everyone’s personal karaoke machine. But I won’t complain It’s the kind of song you dream of having.”
On Walking up to Kanye West in New York
“… I’d been working with a producer in Los Angeles and it hadn’t been going well. So I flew to New York and listened to Kanye West’s ‘Can’t Tell Me Nothing: The Official Mixtape’ in my hotel room. Then I went out for a walk and saw him in a fricking restaurant. I prayed to God for him to come out. And he did. We chatted. I said, ‘I love you. I also want to meet John Legend; I want to work with him.’ Kanye told me that John was inside, eating.”
On the Hiatus after Shine
“I needed some space. Plus I never like my records to be lazy; I always want to invent and be new. I have to have something to write about. I don’t just get given a bunch of songs and perform them. I couldn’t do that. I have to give my songs my everything, my heart and soul.”
On Her Ex-Boyfriend
“When i first met him I asked him not to mess with me. Please! Three years down the line he did the exact opposite. So ‘Thank You’ is about growing up, turning into a woman and not being bitter. Not being angry at myself for choosing the wrong guy.”
On Her Faith
“I have a real strong sense of God and Jesus walking with me. For that reason alone, I’m unshakeable.”