“I’ve always been controversial without being offensive. I like to stand on the edge but not fall off. I like to bleed out and make people stand in the middle of their f****** s***, good and bad, as I do that for myself.”
The 32-year-old singer – who split from on-off actor boyfriend Channing Tatum last year – admitted it’s “the hardest thing” trying to make a better record than her debut studio album, ‘Who You Are’, which was released a decade ago, but she thinks the new collection is up there.
She told the ‘Billboard Pop Shop Podcast’: “The challenge of beating that is the hardest thing. And I haven’t. ‘Bang Bang’ [her 2014 song with Ariana Grande and Nicki Minaj] nearly got there … ‘I can hang out with you at a party,’ these songs can say to the old songs.”
Jessie, who is not yet ready to divulge when the LP will be out, quipped that: “These songs are not for a turtleneck, you know what I’m saying?”
The Flashlight’ singer insisted she doesn’t need to be the “biggest” singer on the planet to be satisfied with her career.
She said: “I love that people still call me underrated. I don’t need to be the biggest thing in the room. I want to be the truest thing and the realest.”
While Jessie admitted she wishes she could give herself a hug for all the times she doubted herself early on in her career.
She said: “When I look back at it now, there are so many moments where I just want to give myself a hug, when I doubted myself … Now I’m just living my best life.”