330 - REBECCA FERGUSON

FROM TEENAGE MOTHER TO POP STAR
Depois de uma juventude difícil e com gravidez precoce, a voz poderosa de “Nothing’s Real But Love” chegou ao sucesso graças ao X Factor da televisão inglesa. Agora Rebecca Ferguson, 28 anos e dois filhos, pode finalmente aproveitar a vida e a carreira. by Mark Worden


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The story of Rebecca Ferguson is a modern {tip text=" conto de fadas" title=" fairy tale "} fairy tale {/tip}. She was born in Liverpool, to an English mother and a Jamaican father, grew up in poverty and became a single mother at the age of 17. She had a second child at the age of 19 and she thought that any chances of enjoying a successful career were over. This was a pity because she had a great singing voice. Nevertheless she decided to enter the TV show The X Factor in 2010. She came second, to Matt Cardle, and today, at the age of 28, she is a star. In 2011 she released her debut single, “Nothing’s Real But Love,” which she herself wrote, and her debut album, Heaven, on the Sony label. Her second album, “Freedom”, came out in 2013. When she recently met the press at a rather {tip text=" barulhenta" title="noisy "} noisy {/tip} conference, she was asked {tip text="o que a ajudou a seguir em frente " title=" what had kept her going ]"} what had kept her going {/tip} during her difficult youth:


Rebecca Ferguson (Liverpool accent)

When you’ve seen suffering and you’ve seen things that hurt you, or have hurt your family, I think, for me, {tip text=" te serve automaticamente de " title=" it automatically gives you a kick ]"} it automatically gives you a kick {/tip} to not want that for your children. So I think... I always knew when I was young that the life I lived wasn’t right, that’s not how it should be. And so that in itself made me think, “Well, this isn’t how I’m going to live.” And I always believed, even though I had nothing, that no one was ever too good for me, or nothing was too good for me, and I could have anything I wanted in the world, {tip text=" se eu me concentrasse nisso" title="if I put my mind to it "} if I put my mind to it {/tip}.

THE X FACTOR

Not surprisingly, she was also asked about the whole TV talent show phenomenon. Was she worried that, as has happened with other talent show winners, her career might end quickly?

Rebecca Ferguson

I think, with these shows, if you don’t arrive on the show knowing who you are, as an artist, you will fail because your decisions will be made for you, and what you sing will be given to you and what you wear will be given to you, whereas when I arrived on The X Factor, I knew how I wanted to sing, I knew what type of clothes I wanted to wear. So the experts around me {tip text=" ajudaram a melhorar" title=" enhanced "} enhanced {/tip} what I was trying to do. Rather than telling me what I wanted to do, they were bringing the best out of me. And I think sometimes what I’ve found, some artists go on the show, they don’t know who they are. If someone says, “ {tip text=" coloque uma peruca violeta" title=" Put a purple wig on "} Put a purple wig on {/tip},” they’ll put it on! If someone says, “Wear a pink {tip text=" saia de tule tipicamente utilizada para balé" title=" tutu "} tutu {/tip},” they’ll go on the stage and they’ll wear the pink tutu. And then {tip text=" eles serão eliminados" title=" they’ll get voted off "} they’ll get voted off {/tip}, and then {tip text=" atribuirão a culpa ao programa" title="they’ll blame the show "} they’ll blame the show {/tip}. But nobody can force you to do anything on the show; you make your own decisions. And if you know who you are as an artist, you’re not going to let anyone tell you what to do, or what to sing, or {tip text=" como arrumar seu cabelo" title=" how to wear your hair "} how to wear your hair {/tip}. And I think, as an artist and as a singer, your voice is a {tip text=" dom" title="gift "} gift {/tip} and {tip text=" decisão do que fazer com ela é sua" title=" it’s up to you what you do with it "} it’s up to you what you do with it {/tip}, it’s not up to anybody else to tell you what you do with it.
 
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You’re a singer from Liverpool, the birthplace of The Beatles. Is that important for you?

Rebecca Ferguson

Liverpool is my home town and it’s very important to me. It’s made me who I am and I’m very patriotic about my city. I like to go home as often as possible and I like going to the local pubs and clubs. I don’t go out of Liverpool much, unless I’m working, of course, because I love home.

You managed to have kids and have a career. Do you think that’s a positive message for women who want to have both?

Rebecca Ferguson

People in the UK are negative about having children because everyone is obsessed with their careers. They want success and they want money because they think this will make them happy. That’s why I wrote the song, “Nothing’s Real But Love.”You think that success and money will make you happy, but my children are what make me happy. And I think having children has actually made be more focused in my career because every time I make a decision I also have to decide for them. Having children hasn’t always been easy, but for me it’s been a {tip text=" bênção" title=" blessing "} blessing {/tip}, they’ve made my life so much better!

Do you feel that {tip text=" você sente que perdeu as coisas da juventude" title=" you missed out on your youth "} you missed out on your youth {/tip} by having children so young?

Rebecca Ferguson

To tell the truth, I think children probably {tip text=" me livrou de me meter em encrencas, me manteve longe dos problemas" title=" kept me out of trouble "} kept me out of trouble {/tip}! A lot of my friends got into trouble but I didn’t because I was at home {tip text=" trocando fraldas" title=" changing nappies "} changing nappies {/tip}! OK, I missed out on things when I was younger. I never went on a girls’ holiday, for example, but now I think I can have fun!