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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 started my music career at 18 and for a long while I let other people handle my affairs.

My parents separated when I was four. It wasn't the smoothest of divorces, but then as my mother always says, you can't have a passionate marriage without a passionate divorce.

There are a lot of people out there who lie about their age and I think it does us all a disservice. It can't all be over when you hit 30. That would be rubbish.

Not all my shoes are designer. In terms of clothes, everything is on the same level for me. If I like it, it doesn't matter if it cost £200 or £2. I'm attracted to things rather than labels.

There's so many singers, you watch them and a lot of it is waving around. You don't get this feeling that they're really thinking about what they're saying.

I'm really interested in fashion but at the same time I find it quite competitive. Second-hand stuff leaves you more open to whatever your own personal style is rather than feeling dictated to by shops.

For every person that says I'm the new Audrey Hepburn, someone else says that I look like an alien.

Two premature babies was not a genetic thing; we were just unlucky.

Also, I think women really come into their own in their 30s.

But I don't like working on lyrics publicly in the studio - I prefer to take them away and work on them in my bedroom.

Everybody remembers Robbie Williams said I had a face like a satellite dish.

Getting up to dance to your own stuff looks pretty pretentious. And leaving the dancefloor when it comes on is just awkward.

Having a successful first album is one thing, but a successful third is another.

I don't know why people think I'm polished - I often leave the house with buttons missing and ladders in my tights.

I don't think that old-fashioned idea of record companies exists any more.

I learned to stand up for myself at school where I was never too popular.

I must confess I knew very little about the trance scene, I'm more house and commercial dance but it was really interesting and different.

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 used to be hung up on my figure, but it's a waste of time. I don't believe in diets. Have four pints one night, be healthy the next.