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Jade Pettyjohn APRIL 2020 Cover Look: DRESS: LONGCHAMP SHOES: VINCE CAMUTO EARRINGS: JENNIFER FISHER

06 Letter From The Editor 07 BELLO Obsessions 08 Cover Story JADE PETTYJOHN 22 Must Watch | Little Fires Everywhere 24 Young Hollywood | GAVIN LEWIS

36 CASSADEE POPE | Young Hollywood 46 SHANNON K | Young Hollywood 56 Sunset Time | Travel 68 Maison Privée Shopping Guide 69 Masthead

28 Spotlight | MICHAEL DAPAAH

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Letter from the Editor Bello

STAY HOME. STAY SAFE. STAY STRONG. While the world changed overnight and the future may seems like a far reach. It is important to stay in the moment, to keep everything into a new day to day perspective. The "here and now" has never been more relevant. Throughout this surreal new reality we are all going through, simple things suddenly became the only things that matters. Let's not forget that a simple hug, a moment spend with our loved ones, or even sitting next to a stranger at a cafĂŠ just sharing a smile feels like it was a luxury we all took for granted. We are in this together. Life is a shared experience and even the smallest of our actions always have repercussions on others. Ciao Stephane Marquet Creative Director

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JADE PETTYJOHN: A VOICE TO FILL THE VOID As long as Jade Pettyjohn is among the next generation of Hollywood, we’ll be in good hands. Her unwavering charisma is palpable on screen, but entirely contagious in person. She roots herself in an unabashed introspection that is beyond her years. She speaks with engaging yet approachable conviction; delicately hedging the divide between young starlet and role model. Her craft is more than a passion. It is an art and Pettyjohn is the conduit. Her notable credits include Deadwood: The Movie and Hulu show Little Fires Everywhere. While Pettyjohn is no stranger to the spotlight, her story is just getting started. When did you fall in love with acting? Can you describe what that moment looked like? I fell in love with acting before I knew what it was. When I was young, my imagination was bursting at the seams and my outlet was always make believe. I loved putting on plays for my parents; creating characters and shows. Once I realized this was a career, I felt this magnetic pull towards it. I had to do it. I am enthralled with each project I fall in love with the people I play, people unlike me and learn something new about myself and about others. How do you normally prepare for a role? I want to know and feel everything that my character has ever gone through in her life. Things like childhood birthdays, relationships, education, favorite foods, dislikes. I want to get to the point that when I’m working, I lose sight of the fact that we are on a sound stage with cameras in our faces. The way I do that is research, and creating the life my character has lived all the way up to the scene we’re currently shooting. What excites you most about your upcoming role in Hulu’s Little Fires Everywhere? I feel very passionate about this story. Little Fires Everywhere tackles so many important issues and I believe that spotlighting these issues can create an immense amount of change in our culture. My character on the surface, is someone you think you know. The popular girl, the perfect daughter.. that girl. As the series progresses, you see my character Lexi unravel. The truth is, no one is perfect. So who is the girl behind the false idea of perfection? I’m excited for people to see Lexie’s arc.

Have any of your past characters left a lasting impression on you as a person? What’s one thing that you’ve learned from them? Every character I've played left a definite lasting impression on me as a human being. What I took from my character Lexi in Little Fires, is how toxic chasing perfection can be. To live a life solely based off of what perfection is perceived to be, creates so much more damage to an individual. It takes a considerable amount of courage to look at the parts of ourselves we aren’t proud of. To recognize the effects we’ve created on others. But it's those things that cultivate growth and change. Though my character didn’t go through this process gracefully, I learned from Lexi the power of self awareness. How do you feel that social media has changed the entertainment industry? How do you utilize it in your career? For artists in this industry, social media is a great platform to make your work known, to shine light on issues close to your heart. It's a great way to connect with those that follow your work. I love that. Of course, social media has its setbacks. Like anything, too much can be toxic. However, I realized the other day how much power we have in controlling what we see and what we feel. I follow people and artists and accounts that make me feel good, or are doing something good. I use my social media to hopefully do the same. I refuse to follow people and accounts that cultivate negativity. I will not grant it the power to affect me.

Interview RACHEL HALLETT Photographer TOMMY FLANAGAN @tommy_flanagan Creative Direction ALEKSANDAR TOMOVIC @alekandsteph Stylist VENETIA KIDD & JULIANA VARGAS @venetiakiddstyle @julivargassr Hair MATT FUGATE @mattshair Makeup MERAV ADLER @makeupbymerav Production @BELLOMediaGroup x @MaisonPriveePR_LA x @bonnetalex18 9

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What is one thing that you feel people get wrong about you? Who knows! Who cares? I know who I am. What’s important to me is treating others and myself with kindness and respect, working hard and creating things I’m proud of, and using my voice to create positive change in the world. Who’s career would you most like to emulate? I have so much respect for artists and there are so many that carry beautiful careers that I adore and look up to. However, what excites me most, is that my career, my future, is mine. We are all on different paths. Different trajectories. I respect all artists pursuing their own artistic endeavors. The entertainment industry is vast and there’s a lot of noise out there. How do you, especially as a young woman, ignore that and maintain your own, individual voice? I owe all of that to the people around me. I am so incredibly lucky to have a wonderful family, a beautiful group of friends and I surround myself with people in my industry who understand that the most beautiful thing about telling stories is telling them together. I feel unified and empowered because of the people around me. If I didn’t have a group like this, all of that noise would drown me at a certain point. Surround yourself with people that love and respect you and raise them up with you. Where do you see yourself in the next five years? In five years I’ll be turning 25 which is bonkers. I see great adventures to be had. The truth is, I just want to tell stories. I would like these stories to move people to change people, to change myself. My future is like jumping into a great abyss and I all know is it will be one extraordinary ride. If you could give your younger self one piece of advice, what would it be? As I write this advice, I realize my younger self probably wouldn’t listen as this is something that can only be learned through action. Trust yourself. Be kind to yourself. Don’t be afraid of a great adventure. Don’t be afraid of your dreams, your goals, your life. Don’t let yourself be haunted by the great ‘What If’. Love. Jump. Create. Live and live by your own design. There is no time to be afraid of the wonderful adventure ahead.

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Based on Celeste Ng’s 2017 bestseller, Little Fires Everywhere follows the intertwined fates of the picture-perfect Richardson family and an enigmatic mother and daughter who upend their lives. The story explores the weight of secrets, the nature of art and identity, the ferocious pull of motherhood – and the danger in believing that following the rules can avert disaster. The cast includes Reese Witherspoon (Elena Richardson), Kerry Washington (Mia Warren), Joshua Jackson (Bill Richardson), Rosemarie DeWitt (Linda McCullough), Jade Pettyjohn (Lexie Richardson), Jordan Elsass (Trip Richardson), Gavin Lewis (Moody Richardson), Megan Stott (Izzy Richardson), Lexi Underwood (Pearl Warren), and Huang Lu (Bebe). The series is produced by Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, Kerry Washington’s Simpson Street and ABC Signature Studios, a part of Disney Television Studios. Liz Tigelaar (“Life Unexpected,” “Casual”) will serve as creator, showrunner and executive producer. The series is also executive produced by Reese Witherspoon, Kerry Washington, Lauren Levy Neustadter, Pilar Savone and Lynn Shelton. Author Celeste Ng serves as producer.

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GAVIN LEWIS YOUNG HOLLYWOOD


GAVIN LEWIS: A PLATFORM WITH PURPOSE From being the lead role in “Prince of Peoria” on Netflix to transitioning to starring in the highly anticipated Hulu series “Little Fires Everywhere”, Gavin Lewis has quickly made a name for himself as a young actor. On “Little Fires Everywhere” he’s gotten to work with Kerry Washington and Oscar-Winner, Reese Witherspoon. Having these big roles, Lewis has found himself with a large platform to speak to others. Having Type 1 Diabetes, Lewis uses this platform to raise awareness and educate people about his condition. The actor has quickly climbed into fame and is using his fame for good. You’ve recently been in “Prince of Peoria” which is a comedy aimed towards a younger audience. How was it transitioning from this to “Little Fires Everywhere” which is a drama for an adult audience? Moving from “Prince of Peoria” to “Little Fires Everywhere” was a fun and challenging transition. I had done a good deal of dramatic work before playing Prince Emil, but in the six months of filming “Prince of Peoria” I got used to playing a very certain type of character and energy. When you spend roughly eight to ten hours a day embodying a specific character, it becomes sort of engrained. Adjusting to the new style and character of Moody in “Little Fires Everywhere” was a good acting exercise and just a great opportunity as an actor. Actors don’t often get to play such extremes and I really enjoyed being on two shows that are so different in tone. I loved having the chance to play both ends of the spectrum. How did you prepare for the role of ‘Moody Richardson’? I did a few different things to prepare for the role of Moody. My first step was reading the book, which I did during the audition process. That gave me an excellent guide to the character thanks to Celeste Ng’s tremendous skill as a writer. Her characters were so rich, there was a lot of backstory and relationship information to pull from. Then Liz Tigelaar and the writers were able to take those characters even further in adapting a 200-page book to 8 hours of television. I was provided with so much great material to draw my character choices from in both the book and the scripts. I also did a bunch of research on the 1990’s. Being born in 2003, I knew very little about the time period when the story takes place and learning about it was so interesting. I watched shows, listened to music, and read articles from the 90’s. I had a great deal of fun doing it.

What was it like working among the talents of Kerry Washington and Reese Witherspoon? It really was so amazing working with such talented actors. I feel that as an actor there are always people and performances you look up to and wish to emulate someday. It was sometimes hard to get my head around the fact that was I lucky enough to be working side by side with those people. Being in a scene with an Oscar winning actress, who brings all that talent and experience, was almost surreal and just unbelievably fun. Reese is also not only a great actor but she’s a great person as well. She was so much fun to work with and has the best sense of humor. The kindness, energy and wit she brought to the set was the cherry on top for the whole experience. Aside from acting, you do a lot for Type 1 Diabetes awareness and education. Do you have any advice for any kids your age handling Diabetes? I would tell a newly diagnosed young person with type 1 diabetes, that even though there are days it can be hard, focus on the positives. Living with type 1 doesn’t have to change the way you live, and there are a lot of ways it can even make you healthier. It helps me stay aware of how I eat, and keeping active and healthy. I also would recommend becoming part of a type 1 community. I work with Beyond Type 1, Nick Jonas’ organization, and I’ve met so many inspiring people who don’t let diabetes slow them down. It gets easier with time, and I would want someone newly diagnosed to know that they’re not alone. There’s a massive community of support and a ton of resources available.

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You’ve talked about your love for playing the guitar. Would you ever consider taking a dive into the music industry or would you prefer to stick to acting. As much as I do love to play, I think I’ll stick to acting. It’s funny that I’ll happily go up on stage and display my most private emotions to the world as an actor, but I get nervous when I’m asked to play a couple chords. I can, and will play for people, but it admittedly fills me with a special kind of dread. Your career has started so fast at such a young age. What has been the craziest part of your transition into fame?

I think one of the most important things my parents have helped me with is patience. They taught me that finding success as an actor is a marathon, not a sprint. To focus on my training in between jobs, not how quickly the next job comes. I’ve auditioned literally hundreds of times and I don’t think I’ve ever felt frustrated for not being cast. I give the credit to my mom and dad. Do you ever get nervous being on set? If so, what do you do to try to calm your nerves?

I feel extremely fortunate to have gotten the opportunities I have in this industry at my age. This is one of the most difficult jobs to break into, and one of my favorite analogies is, “it’s like catching lightning in a bottle”. So, I don’t really know that I’ve transitioned into fame. It’s been pretty amazing to be a part of some really great projects with great people, but at least at this point, I feel far more lucky than famous. What actors have given you inspiration? I have a long list of actors who inspire me, but there are a few that stand out. Benedict Cumberbatch is a big inspiration for me. His versatility and the depth of emotion he brings to his roles is amazing. I’m always inspired by actors who can play distinctly different characters, so Meryl Streep is also someone whose work I am in awe of. There are so many great actors with specific nuances in their performances that inspire me; Harrison Ford has incredibly expressive eyes, Ryan Reynolds has amazing timing, and Dwayne Johnson has his inexplicable likability.

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Both of your parents work in Theatre. What’s the biggest piece of advice they’ve given you in regards to your acting career?

It’s actually rare for me to get nervous on set at this point, but when I do get nervous my solution is pretty simple. Go over my lines. I’ve found that being nervous usually sprouts from knowing I’m not as prepared as would I like to be. I’m always the most confident as an actor when I know my lines forward and backward, so preparation is what keeps by nerves at bay. What would your dream role be? Since I started acting, I’ve wanted to be cast in an action movie. I would love the experience of being a sharply dressed hero, or a crazed villain.

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MICHAEL DAPAAH SPOTLIGHT


MICHAEL DAPAAH: THE MULTIHYPHENATE Social media stars are constantly put into a box. Influencers, YouTubers and comedians alike have struggled to be taken seriously as real actors, musicians, writers, etc. Michael Dapaah is breaking down all these barriers and showing that you don’t just have to be one thing. Although Dapaah is best known as a comedian he can also act, rap, direct and write and he does so quite successfully. Here at BELLO, we got to know a bit more behind the man known as “Big Shaq” from his successes to his fears and more.

You gained a very large following very quickly. What was it like going from a “regular guy” to someone people recognize on the street? I was always popular in my area, so I was used to getting a certain amount of attention growing up from people locally. When I started to pursue my gifts in comedy and entertainment this just began to multiply outside of my area to people recognizing me and asking for pictures etc in the most unexpected places. When I began the SWIL series, then released music, this is what really exposed me to a bigger audience, then global attention. It could be overwhelming at times as you totally lose your privacy in some instances as someone always recognizes you and can’t do normal things as before, however a blessing at the same time, you get to connect with people and see how what you do affects them in a positive way. What was it like seeing big names like Drake and Liam Gallagher react to ‘Man’s Not Hot’? Drake is someone that embraced me very early on when I was just doing skits on instagram, him and his team continued to show me love on the rise, regarding the song he dm’d me and was like ‘thanks for making the whole world laugh bro, the tune is fire too’. Felt surreal at first but when we met I learned to embrace it. Regarding Liam, he’s an absolute legend him and his brother, I was just grateful he took time to show me love, and the energy was the same when we eventually met.

What made you want to start SWIL? Observation of my environment, things I’ve seen growing up, people I have encountered and wanting to bring some of the ideas in my head to life. It’s always been apart of a bigger plan, I have always been a fan of mockumentary , sketch shows and sitcoms in general. I wanted to bring something to the market place from my perspective, I noticed there was a gap for it, people liked the short form stuff so wanted to turn it into a proper production. What has the success of the show meant for you? It has meant everything, it began as a seed which I discussed with my co director Marv Brown and to see people react the way they have to it just shows me that my ideas are valid and there is an audience globally that enjoy the show. It's made me want to bring more to the market place, different formats of ideas but also make it the absolute best it can be. It will always be my baby almost, it’s allowed me to change my life and be embraced as a multi hyphenate, that writes, acts, directs and makes music.

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I saw that you tackled your fear of heights by skydiving. What are other fears you have tackled in life? Heights has been a huge one for me and any opportunity I get to conquer it I go for it. I recently walked across the Canopy walk in Kakum national park in Ghana which is 30 metres above the ground just to reinforce to myself that my fear of heights is fully conquered. I use to have a phobia of dogs, I was bitten by one in South Africa when I was 6 years old, it literally climbed over a fence and charged at me and bit me on my stomach. For years I was scared of them, and other 4 legged creatures however I have overcome that fear and embrace animals now. Are there any comedians that you take inspiration from? There are several the list is endless but I'll name a few , Eddie Murphy, Kevin Hart, the late great Bernie Mac, he’s probably my favourite, Chris Tucker, John Whitherspoon, from the UK; David Walliams, and Matt Lucas . I am also a fan of Rebel Wilson, Melissa McCarthy, Gina Yashere and the Wayans brothers, as I said I could be here all day but these are just to name a few. Oh Will Smith, Martin Lawrence, Tyler Perry also, I think I’ll stop here, all will be name dropping. I appreciate them all even going back to Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor, Bill Burr, being able to make people laugh I think is a gift that comes from God, you either have it or you don’t, so I embrace them all! What’s your favorite song at the moment? Probably Roddy Rich ‘High Fashion’, I think the production on it is great. What TV show would people be surprised to know you watch? Sex Education on Netflix, it's shot amazingly, great storylines, some elements remind me of when I was younger Where would you like to be in 10 years? A well accomplished, Actor, comedian, musician and writer who is producing shows, films, content, music not only for myself but for others. I want to make sure I am inspiring and motivating people through the work that we do. As there is no I in team, I want Dapaah Ent, to be responsible for some of the best entertainment to grace the earth.

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CASSADEE POPE YOUNG HOLLYWOOD


CASSADEE POPE: THE WOMAN BEHIND THE SONGS After jump starting her career in 2012 on ‘The Voice’, Cassadee Pope has evolved greatly as an artist. She’s gone from writing songs as a child to performing her songs all around the world. Pope has taken her life experiences and used them to inspire her songwriting. Her new album ‘Stages’ reflects that. Pope also uses her platform to advocate for female rights. She’s a strong force for women in country music and women everywhere. It’s why she strives to carry a 50/50 gender-based tour. Pope discussed with us her writing process, tour life and some of her female inspirations. It’s been about a year since your first independent solo album, ‘Stages’ was released. How does your new music differ from ‘Stages’? So far, the lyrics are probably what differ the most from “stages.” I’ve gone through a few things since the making of the last record and naturally I’m writing a lot about them. Love, family, hindsight, etc are subjects I write about all the time but such as life, those things change constantly. I’m being a bit more intricate with conveying my feelings and I do think the lyrics hold more weight this time around. You’ve evolved from being on The Voice to releasing singles, then EPs, then finally an album. As you evolve and grow do you feel that your music and the themes of your songs are also evolving? My music has evolved tremendously since the Voice. I started writing songs at 7 years old and since then I’ve worked hard at trying to top my last song with the next. The thing about writing about your own real life experiences is that there’s always material there. If I ever have writers block, I just think about specific moments that are so vivid in my head that can translate into a song. And the more life experiences I acquire, the more moments I get to choose from while writing. It’s the kind of evolution that just happens naturally which feels a lot more freeing and genuine.

Women have been underrepresented in the country genre for a long time. Just recently CMT pledged to play the same amount of female music videos as they do male music videos. How does it feel to be a female artist in country during this current landscape? I am so grateful to companies like CMT for their dedication to giving us women an even playing ground. It’s an inspiring time to be a female artists in country music but it’s also a trying time. We are more determined than ever to change the game and show that we’ve always had quality music, we just haven’t been given the same amount of opportunities as a lot of men. We’re showing that we support each other and wish each other success, so people shouldn’t pin us against each other. It’s still a trying time though, because for so long people have stuck to the narrative that we aren’t as good as men that some people have their minds made up. I like to think, though, that there are more champions for us than not. It’s a heavier incline for us up this damn hill but we’re all ready to conquer it.

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Going off the topic of gender, you strive to carry a 50/50 gender-based tour, band and artist personal. Why is this important to you? I think the more that my women fans see me surrounded by women in my career, the more encouragement I’ll give them to pursue a career in music if that’s what they want. A lot of talented little girls say “it’s too hard to make it as a woman” because of the lack of females in country music as a whole, in front of and behind the curtain. I don’t want to add to that chain holding them back from pursuing their dreams. Also, it’s just nice having other females around on this crazy journey. We have a common ground and an understanding so it’s comforting when things get hectic. You recently toured with Maren Morris on The Girl the World Tour. What was it like getting to travel and tour with one of your friends? That tour was one of my favorite tours I’ve ever had the pleasure of being on. Not only is Maren a friend but I love her music so much. Watching her navigate touring during such a busy time with her album release literally the same day as the kickoff show was incredible. She handled it all with such ease and grace and it made for a very relaxed touring environment. I also loved being a part of a tour with such a strong message. It oozed with female empowerment and honestly you could feel it so strongly from the crowd as well. Of course the late night boozy hangs were fun, too! Country music used to be viewed as music that doesn’t have much of a worldwide presence. That’s beginning to change as more country music festivals are popping up around the world. You have headlined overseas shows in the past and have a few coming up in Australia with CMC Rocks, as well as in Japan and New Zealand with CMA. How does it feel to help expand country music overseas and all over the world?

Growing up, who are some female artists in any genre that have given you inspiration? I was always inspired by the voices of Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Martina McBride, and Celine Dion. Big, belting voices always spoke to me and I remember trying to mimic them. I also grew up idolizing Shania Twain because of her catchy songs, empowering lyrics, and overall energy she brought to her live show. We talked about how much you’ve traveled in your career. What’s been your favorite place to travel and perform? I absolutely love playing shows in Boston. I think I’ve accumulated some hardcore fans there over the years so when I have a show there, I’m always moved to tears. I also really enjoy the city itself and the culture. Is there any place you haven’t performed at that you’d want to travel to? I think playing in Greece would be incredible. I’ve always wanted to go there and I’d be curious to see how a Greek crowd would react to my music! If you could collaborate with any artist, living or dead, who would it be? I’ve always been a huge fan of Shania Twain and I could envision us doing some sort of fun, female anthem together. That would truly be a dream come true. Either Shania or one of my favorite bands Biffy Clyro. They’re badass and I’d love to sing with Simon Neil. He’s got a super unique and strong voice.

I love the fact that country music is becoming more prevalent overseas and all over the world! Selfishly, I love it because I love to travel and see the world. But I'm also happy that people in other countries realize country music really is a universal language. The mentality of working hard for what you have and valuing your family is a worldwide idea. That shouldn’t be held in the confines of the American borders.

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SHANNON K YOUNG HOLLYWOOD


SHANNON K: THE HOLLYWOOD ARTIST WITH AN INCREDIBLE VOICE

The 18-year-old Indian artist, Shannon K, grew up in the music business where her parents are also renowned singers. Singer, songwriter, influencer and actor, she has around 5 million followers across all socials and has worked with a number of high-profile songwriters and producers. Recently, Shannon recently released her new single “I Do”, which talks about the separation from an ex, but how it is also important to remember the good memories you had with them."This single perfectly encapsulates her raw, authentic talent. In this interview, Shannon.K shows us who she really is, her passions, her commitments, her influences and futures projects.

What influenced you to become a singer? I grew up being surrounded by music and I’ve always just had a passion for it. My dad has been a big influence on me since I grew up listening to his songs. The very first song I remember my mom played for me when I was a toddler was ”My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion. Celine has been a big influence for me, as well as, Mariah Carey!

Tell us your favorite memories from shooting the music video for “I Do”? My favorite memory is when I saw the secret garden setup for the first time. I’ve always been fascinated by untouched secret gardens that have this whole paradise vibe to them. So to be physically present in a location like that was a great thing for me; it was just like a dream!

What can you tell us about your new single “I Do”? What inspired you?

As an influencer, you are very present on social media. How do you use your platform to influence others?

All my previous songs have been about the different stages of love, but this was something that I hadn’t written about before. The concept of remembering someone you loved after you’ve separated and wanting the best for them is beautiful. You remember them but you also remember how difficult it was for both of you to understand each other; that you didn’t know what you were doing wrong at the time so you blamed them. You know now that you weren’t the victim, so you just want them to be happy with whoever they’re with now. It reflects on the saying that if you love someone you should let them go.

I’ve been an advocate for animal rights and anti-bullying for quite some time now. I’ve always used my social media for raising awareness about those things. They’re very important issues to me and it makes me happy when someone tells me I’ve helped them in some way. That helps me, and keeps me calm and sane.

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You have many fans; do you plan on going on tour?

Fashion and beauty are also some of your passions. Can you describe the perfect look for you? I love fit and flare, and bodycon dresses. I prefer mini dresses over a midi. Also, I love leather jackets, boots, and mini-skirts. I hate carrying big handbags so I’ll carry a small one with me for the essentials. Grace and comfort are my priorities. To be honest, one should be confident and comfortable in their clothes. Please name a singer that has inspired you in your own performances. I love Ariana Grande and her performances. She’s been such an influence for my on stage performances. She has this chill vibe, where even if she isn’t doing a routine, she’s just connecting with the audience and making sure there’s a constant interaction. That’s something I aim to do. For 2020, what is your next collaboration? I’ve collaborated with Jasper Leak on a single. I can’t wait for it to be out later this year. I’ve been working on a song called “Knock Knock,” and plan to release that music video this summer. Quite excited for that! Since your debut, what is the best advice you've ever been given? I remember meeting Johnny Depp for the first time. I told him that I was a singer-songwriter and an actor, and he told me something that I would never forget. He said “Always write from your heart. Not from here,” and he pointed to his head. He also gave me an acting tip to “be the character and live the character, even at the end of the day.” It meant so much to me because he’s been my favorite actor since I was a kid. I would watch Charlie and the Chocolate Factory or Pirates of the Caribbean almost every weekend back in London.

I was planning to go to India for a tour this year, but everything was held back due to COVID-19. Hopefully all will go back to normal and we’ll have a vaccine for it soon. I pray for anyone infected with the virus. If we follow you for 24 hours, what is your typical day like? Usually, I wake up and go for a walk with my puppy, but these days I’ve been using the treadmill as a substitute. I work out at home due to the current situation with the virus, and then I will go to the recording studio to work on my music or go into my music room/den at home and just vibe with my sister. I like to watch movies as well, eat some comfort food, and then finish the day with my skin care routine. Sometimes I’ll have events to go to, so I’ll spend the day resting so I can have a calm and cheerful attitude for when I get there. On my days off, I like to go to Disneyland or someplace fun with my sister and friends. What is your favorite place in India? My favorite place would be Jaipur because there’s a lot of heritage there and a lot of representation of the Indian culture. My grandma and aunt live there, so I get to visit every other year. I also filmed for a music video in a 14th Century Fort and a 15th Century Palace, so you’ll get to see the beauty of Jaipur in it! What are your next projects? I have three songs for the new Zee5 television show called Casino all lined up for release. I’m excited for that! I also have a new music video that I’ve been working on for my new single, and I can’t wait to share it with the world. My team and I worked really hard on it.

Your parents also work in music, what do they think of your career? What advice have they given you that has stuck with you all this time? They’ve always supported me in whatever I’ve wanted to become. The best advice they’ve given to me is that “you will do what you’re meant to do, in one way or another. Never get disheartened. Remember: when you fail, you learn!!“

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