We just spent an hour chatting with Jessie J, and boy was it an educational experience. Mainly we learnt that she’s absolutely lovely. But along the way we picked up a few other facts you mightn’t know about her. Namely:
1. She hopes never to see Miley Cyrus twerk again.
‘Everyone has seen Miley twerking. Some of the things that she’s doing are maybe a little crazy, but she’s probably trying really hard to get away from the Hannah Montana thing. Doing that in the public eye isn’t easy. I’ve done or worn things in the past that looking back I’m like “Whoa!” But you have to do it to learn never to do it again. So let’s just hope that she never does it again.’
2. She gets Twitter death threats.
‘I’ve had death threats for cancelling shows! With social media, young people use words of hatred so flippantly now. It’s either “I LOVE YOU!” or “I HATE YOU AND I WANT YOU TO DIE.” There’s no middle ground. Everything’s an extreme, because people want to be noticed. I tend not to read my social media timeline as much as I used to now.’
3. She’s no stranger to gang crime.
‘I went to school at Mayfield in Dagenham, and there was a lot of gang crime. Gun and knife crime and racial attacks. I don’t want to talk about gangs who may know where I am, but the things I witnessed at a young age were horrific.’
4. She’s puked halfway through a show.
‘I had CMV – basically glandular fever – for eight months. I performed at festivals with a temperature of 38. I had hot sweats, a rash… it was awful. But no one even knew. If you said to a fan, “Which gig was Jessie ill at?” they wouldn’t know. I’ve been sick on the side of the stage and carried on. No one needs to know.’
5. She ADORES Time Out. The chocolate bar, that is (but we probably shouldn’t tell you that).
‘I love Time Outs. I actually had like five yesterday. I’m addicted to them, I think. I don’t want anyone to know, though, because I’ll get sent thousands and I’ll get bored of them. That’s what happened with Percy Pigs. I said I loved them and then every fan bought me them. I had a huge box of Percy Pigs I couldn’t face, and now I don’t like ‘em.
Read our full interview with Jessie J.