Nina is about my ex-girlfriend, we dated for a year. It was written on tour with Snow Patrol in another hotel room. It was based on a sample from a Wretch 32 song called Welcome To My World from his third mixtape, Retrospective. I sampled the piano and made a song out of it. When you’re a musician and you date someone, there’s always an in-between. Like, you put your family and your friends first, always, and then your career second. But when you date someone, they kind of fall in between the family and friends and career, and you don’t really know whether they’re more important than the career or whether they’re more important than family - so this is a song about that. (x)
A couple of nights before the Olympics, my girlfriend was dyeing her hair peroxide blonde and I just said, ‘It will be funny to shove a bit of blond in my hair at the front!’ So I just did it for a bit of a laugh and made this big massive blond streak. Then I realised the Olympics in a couple days and I was like, 'What am I gonna do?!’ I tried to style it out but it wasn’t happening, so in the end I just left it. Part of me was singing on that truck and thinking, I hope people don’t cuss me for this blond streak! Turned out people liked it. Then, bizarrely, Marvel Comics said that my look had inspired the new version of Ghost Rider. The blond streak is the fire that ignites from him, which is mad. I’m a big comic book fan - when I was a kid I was pretty geeky about all that. Obviously, I also have my 'Zap!’ tattoo on my forearm, so when I heard about the new Ghost Rider that was pretty cool. I’ve since been to the Marvel Studios, which was an amazing experience.
Ms. Azalea is a peroxide-blond Australian rapper of 23 who mysteriously popped up front row at New York and Paris Fashion Weeks (notably at the Chloé show last fall, where she was demure in culottes and a buttoned-up blouse), attended the Vanity Fair Oscars party and seems to have captivated Vogue and Harper’s Bazaar. The magazines both pronounced her a top-10 style star to watch this year, alongside Lupita Nyong’o and Suki Waterhouse. All this before her debut album, “The New Classic,” is even out (it is scheduled for release April 22).