Wednesday 26 April 2017

Imelda May on her dramatic makeover: 'I almost felt like a caricature of myself'

Imelda May said she had her heart broken after her marriage broke down
Imelda May said she had her heart broken after her marriage broke down
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Imelda May on The Late Late Show. Image: RTE
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Imelda May has opened up about the reason behind her dramatic makeover , saying that she did it because she "almost felt like a caricature" of herself.

The Mayhem singer debuted her new look at the Brit Awards in February, saying goodbye to her trademark quiff and rockabilly style for a shaggy fringe and understated wardrobe.

Speaking on The Late Late Show, May, who split with husband Darrel Higham in 2015, said that her style changed alongside her life.

"I think as life changes, you've gotta go with it and life changed, and I went with it.

Imelda May on The Late Late Show. Image: RTE
Imelda May on The Late Late Show. Image: RTE

"I felt different, certainly when writing as well. It's about a year ago or more I've done this.

"I think I just wanted everything to stop for a while. I always felt that, that felt like me, I wasn't pretending to be like that but then it became a thing. I almost felt like a caricature of myself for a while."

The Liberties native said her style became a more prominent part of her identity than her music itself, and it wasn't "working" for her anymore.

"It became too much of a thing, you know? It wasn't feeling like me. I'm a songwriter, I was getting more known for how I looked and my hair.

Imelda May performing on the Virgin Media Stage during day one of the V Festival, at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 22, 2015. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Imelda May performing on the Virgin Media Stage during day one of the V Festival, at Hylands Park in Chelmsford, Essex. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Picture date: Saturday August 22, 2015. Photo credit should read: Yui Mok/PA Wire

"I'd produced my first two albums, I've written all my albums, and then you turn up to do interviews and they want to talk about your hair and your lipstick and your clothes.

"It just wasn't working for me in that way anymore, and then certainly for writing, I just wanted everything to stop and be calm and just breathe, and that's what I did.

"I went to the hairdressers, and felt great after like a lot of people do, and I decided to write an album."

Imelda May attends The BRIT Awards 2017 at The O2 Arena on February 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)
Imelda May attends The BRIT Awards 2017 at The O2 Arena on February 22, 2017 in London, England. (Photo by John Phillips/Getty Images)

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