Charli XCX is finally who she wants to be

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 October 2018
Charli XCX

Charli XCX

Charli XCX's new music has allowed her "be who she wants to be" and she finally feels like she has a "purpose" when she makes music and performs it

Charli XCX's new music has allowed her "be who she wants to be".

The 'Break the Rules' hitmaker says there was a time where she "thought commercial success equaled happiness" but she has now realised it is more about her being happy with her releases.

She said: "Recently, the music I've made has allowed me to be who I want to be. It definitely took me time to find out who that was ... I thought commercial success equaled happiness."

And the 26-year-old singer and songwriter loves how pop has become a "melting pot of different people and different cultures" and has such a diverse sound now.

She added: "Pop is this melting pot of different people and different cultures. It's cool that something so mainstream can be diverse."

Charli finally feels like she has a "purpose" when she makes music and performs it.

She told TIME magazine: "I want it to make people feel like they can be whoever they want to be when they listen to it. I think the message is party hard and don't be afraid to be who you are, you know? ... When I do shows now, it feels like all of the audience and all of the people onstage are all one person there for the same reason – to feel free and alive and feel good. Before, sometimes when I stood on stage, I didn't know why the f**k I was there. I felt like I was screaming on the edge of a f***ing building. I didn't really have a purpose. And now I feel like I do have a purpose when I make music, and when I perform, and that feels very rare, and something that only I could have found. No label or manager or anyone could have curated that."