Let’s play a game. We’re going to share a quote from iconic pop diva Pink with you. Your mission? Make your best educated guess about when she said it. Ready? Here we go.
“The thing about me was I always knew when to draw the line. I always had that inner voice that told me what was right and what was a little too much. I always knew when to draw the line. My thing was I was as rebellious as they came. If everybody was walking in a single-file line, I was walking backwards, diagonal over here. I’m going to make people follow me. I’m not going to follow y’all. I’m going to do what I want and hopefully you’ll join along. And if not, I’m fine by myself.”
That quote, which so perfectly distills the singer’s entire approach to her career in one thesis statement, actually comes from one of her earliest interviews, as she sat down with LAUNCH(now Yahoo! Music) in 2000 to discuss her debut album, Can’t Take Me Home.
From the minute Pink burst onto the scene at the start of the new millennium, it was abundantly clear that she wouldn’t be following in the footsteps of her pop star predecessors—neither in sound nor in soundbites. Over the course of a 17-year career, which has seen the release of seven studio albums, the singer, born Alecia Beth Moore, has remained resolutely committed to speaking her truth on her terms.
“My thing is, I write my own music. I’m a hands-on person, I make what this is, you know what I mean,” she said in that same 2000 interview. “Nobody came to me and said, ‘OK, we’re going to call you Pink. Here, throw on some pink hair, get some pink shirts and here you go. Just be you.’ No, this is me. This is who I am, my music. I don’t try to be candy-coated. I don’t try to walk on eggshells. I am what I am, love me or hate me.”