The Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs singer, 39, on music, marriage, motherhood and her own mum’s rebel streak
Motherhood kicked my ass so hard. I thought I was tough because I’d lived this pretty gruelling lifestyle where you have to go from 0 to 100 on stage, and all the touring that comes with it. But having my son Django showed me how hard bringing a life into this world is.
The early days of Yeah, Yeah, Yeahs were a self-destructive period of my life. I did some ridiculous, masochistic stuff up on stage, like rolling around on broken glass and getting blind drunk. But it was highly cathartic, too. I was subconsciously coping with the attention and the hype, which I wasn’t prepared for. When I fell headfirst off the stage I realised I had to rethink my whole stage thing.