Friday 16 November 2018

Imelda May on her relationship status: 'I don't know what I am - there's been a kind of rebirth'

Imelda May arrives for the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in London
Imelda May arrives for the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in London
Imelda May sings the national anthem of Ireland prior to the super welterweight boxing match on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Imelda May performs at the Bord Gais Energy Theatre
Imelda May at RTE Radio studios
Imelda May at U2's concert at Croke Park. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Imelda May has revealed has mastered the art of avoiding personal questions.

Few things are off the table with the Irish singer, who has admirably written about, sang about and spoken about the most personal aspects of her life - her marriage, her divorce, her thriving career; but these days, she isn't as forthcoming with details about her personal relationships.

Imelda May sings the national anthem of Ireland prior to the super welterweight boxing match on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images
Imelda May sings the national anthem of Ireland prior to the super welterweight boxing match on August 26, 2017 at T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Photo: Christian Petersen/Getty Images

In a new interview with the Irish Mail on Sunday magazine, she was asked whether or not she was single, to which she gave the rather ambiguous answer. "I don't know what I am. There's been a kind of rebirth mentally, physically, emotionally and sexually too. There's a freedom - it's fabulous," she said.

May previously said her cousin Caroline's death in 2015 made her rethink her marriage and her life.

"That was my wake-up call. I thought [after Caroline died]: 'Jesus, I need to grab life. Grab it by the balls and live it as opposed to make do'. I really needed to live after she died," she told the Sunday Independent. "You don't know how long you have left. You presume you are going to live life to a ripe old age but who knows what is around the corner. So I had to live life - not half live it."

One thing she has no qualms about discussing is her distaste for talent search tv shows.

Anthem: Imelda May
Anthem: Imelda May

"It's desperate," she added. "People have been force fed on a weekly basis the idea that you have to get into the music business by being on a tv show where somebody has to judge you and either tell you to go home or say what you've won. They think, 'If I go on that, I'll win that show and all my dreams will come true'. But that isn't the reality."

Imelda May at U2's concert at Croke Park. Picture: Steve Humphreys
Imelda May at U2's concert at Croke Park. Picture: Steve Humphreys

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