'I got my heart broken' - Imelda May on falling in love again after her marriage breakdown
Imelda May said she has had her heart broken after falling in love in the years after the break-up of her marriage to musician Darrel Higham.
The Dublin singer (42) split with her husband in 2015 after more than 18 years together and said people assume that her new record, Life Love Flesh Blood, is a "break-up album". However, May said her new music is also inspired by a new relationship she embarked on after her marriage ended, during which she had her heart "broken".
Speaking to the Daily Mail, May said: "People just presume that [it's a break-up album] because I broke up with my husband. But I met someone, so it’s about falling in love after a big split, being scared and feeling lust again. And then I got my heart broken by that person and so I wrote about that, too.
"I had a moment – I’m not going to tell you exactly what, because it hurt too much – but it was a major goodbye."
The singer and her ex husband have a daughter, Violet (4), and May said the pair continue to be great friends following their break-up.
"Unfortunately, we slowly grew apart after almost 18 years together."
"I thought, 'I need a change.' It wasn’t a planned thing, like, 'new vibe, new man, new album'; I wasn’t trying to do a Madonna."
Higham lives just a few minutes away from May's home in Hampshire and the singer even provided the backing vocals on his upcoming solo album.
"We’re good. Violet is the centre of our universe and we make it all work around her."
May said she hopes to give her daughter the same tools to spur on her creativity as she was given by her parents during her upbringing in the Liberties.
"I loved the way my parents brought us up, the madness and creativity we had, and I want to give as much of that as I can to Violet, even though she is an only child and living in a totally different environment in the English countryside," said May.