Some people are really good at packaging themselves, but that's not really me.— Sophie Ellis Bextor
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Yeah, I'm not really a morning person.
A lot of what inspired many musicians is celebrating differences, and people relate to that - more people feel like the unpopular, freaky one than the one in the in-crowd.
I like the influence of the macabre, but I don't believe in ghosts.
I used to be hung up on my figure, but it's a waste of time.
I don't believe in diets. Have four pints one night, be healthy the next.
I'm all for consumer rights. I get very aggravated if I don't get a good service.
When I first started out, I got criticism for the way I looked.
I think, now, it's a good thing because, why would you want to look like everyone else?
Two premature babies was not a genetic thing; we were just unlucky.
Trust your instincts: they tend to see you right.
By listening to them, at least you can sleep at night.
I'm a sucker for good black skirts and pretty little shirts and kooky tops.
I have to admit that shopping satisfies my craving for immediate gratification.
I think there's quite a lot of cowardice in music.
I don't mind if it goes wrong, I just want to go for it.
Now when I say Sophie Ellis-Bextor I feel that's not really me because that's become this entity from doing the gigs and the shows and the make-up contracts and whatever else.
On my wedding day. I didn't want a natural, blushing-bride look - I had a full-on hairdo and red lips. I thought it would be disingenuous to do the whole virginal look, so even though I had the white dress, I had pink net underneath.
Come rain or shine I walk short distances rather than taking my car.
I never manage to get to bed early on Sunday night but this doesn't matter, as I don't know one level of exhaustion from another.
In terms of influence, my style icons have been a mixture of Julie Andrews and Olivia Newton-John. When I was little I used to watch 'Grease,' 'Mary Poppins' and 'The Sound of Music' a lot. If you put all those things together you do kind of get my outfits. A slightly tarty nanny in a second-hand outfit. That is pretty much what I wear.
Like my mum, I sometimes buy things I shouldn't and fill my house with rubbish.
I don't think that old-fashioned idea of record companies exists any more.
I started my music career at 18 and for a long while I let other people handle my affairs.
I'm big in Russia, but no one's quite sure why.
Turning the thermostat down is something that I do pretty reluctantly.
I like to be able to walk around in whatever I fancy at home.
Some people can get away with being very sexy to men and not looking like a complete cow, but I didn't think I was in a position where people knew me well enough.
You learn that, when your children are all right, everything is right in the world.
A career in entertainment has a lifespan, like one in sport.
The X Factor' is great entertainment, but it doesn't prepare people for getting chewed up and spat out by the music industry.
The NHS is a bit iffy when you sprain an ankle, but when it's a high-priority issue, it's fantastic. They don't mess about. They're incredibly efficient when things go wrong.
I can definitely tell when mum has got money because then she likes to go shopping to spend it, whereas dad is steadier and avoids splurges. I like to think I've inherited both sides.
There are a lots of clowns in our family - our house is a fun house.
I wrote the worst novel ever.
For every person that says I'm the new Audrey Hepburn, someone else says that I look like an alien.
It's funny how intimate it feels to get a text.
I try my hardest not to read reviews.
My little boy Sonny makes me laugh all the time. He has good comedic timing.
I'm a little bit allergic to the whole brand thing to be honest but maybe it's just happening around me and I'm not really aware of it.
But I don't like working on lyrics publicly in the studio - I prefer to take them away and work on them in my bedroom.
I do find it a bit disconcerting when your name becomes a brand.
But I quite like that the public has a very short attention span.
If I haven't been on telly for a little bit, I can sense it. People don't take as much notice of you, it's really quite palpable.
Getting up to dance to your own stuff looks pretty pretentious.
And leaving the dancefloor when it comes on is just awkward.
There are a lot of people out there who lie about their age and I think it does us all a disservice. It can't all be over when you hit 30. That would be rubbish.
My rule for the corporate stuff is the same as with my music - I do whatever means I can sleep at night and whatever means I can be dignified.
Someone had my number and they started text-stalking me.
I've never replied to them. It was tempting to write back, but I resisted.
I don't think writing or co-writing my songs makes me a better singer, but I haven't really got an excuse not to do it as I've got too many opinions!
That's part of the reason I called the album 'Shoot From The Hip.
' I did feel it was time to open up more.
I was an only child, but then my parents resettled with different partners, and I am now one of six.
The fact that my mother was on television every week while I was young was occasionally awkward, and often frustrating.
A good song is a good song whatever your age.
I think I'm fairly good with money, but I've developed some strange tics - in shops I don't like to go to the counter unless I've got at least two things to buy. If I'm walking around with just one thing in my hand I'll put it back and wait a few weeks because that doesn't seem like a proper purchase.
Philately is normally a boys' hobby but for some reason it was in vogue at my junior school. Between the ages of eight and ten I collected avidly. I'd pore over my Stanley Gibbons book, obsessively checking my collection's value. I always hoped I'd stumble across a really valuable one, a Penny Black or an Inverted Jenny, but it wasn't to be.
I'm happy that I have a look, but I don't over-analyse whether or not it's beautiful or ugly.
I've been DJing a little bit, so you get used to the fact that music sounds brilliant when it's loud.