Sunday 26 January 2020

Ladyhawke: I get panic attacks

Ladyhawke is looking forward to her next UK tour
Ladyhawke is looking forward to her next UK tour

Ladyhawke has confessed she suffers from panic attacks, so has to pinch herself to calm down

The 32-year-old Paris Is Burning star - real name Pip Brown - loves touring and performing for her fans, but revealed she named her new album Anxiety because she felt it represents her.

Ladyhawke said: "It was sort of a bit of a dig at myself because I have pretty bad anxiety. It's unpredictable and sometimes I can be really anxious, then other times I can be completely fine."

The New Zealander revealed she has developed techniques to combat her anxiety.

She said: "I have a better outlook on things now. I need to step outside of my own freak-out moment, which I'm only just learning to do. I have to just realise that there's no real threat to me. I pinch the bit of skin between my thumb and my finger, because there's a pressure point there and it makes me calm down. I also carry around a Vicks inhaler, those little things that you stick up your nose when you've got a cold."

But she is looking forward to her next tour of the UK.

She said: "It's really exciting and I'm really, really looking forward to it. I haven't toured in the UK for two and a half years or something. I've been away for a while, so anywhere I've been so far I've been met with smiling faces. It's like they're genuinely happy to see that I'm still alive!"

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