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Interview with Anastacia

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Anastacia is one of the biggest popstars in Europe and Asia who has sold over 21 million albums since her debut in 2002. In her homeland, however, the Chicago pop singer has decided to stay low-key to maintain her privacy. She makes an exception for her gay fans when she will make a special appearance during this year's White Party in Palm Springs, CA that will be held April 14-17.

The singer connects on different levels with gays. Most importantly, because her songwriting emphasizes the importance of individuality no matter who you are or what situation you are in. After battling Crohn's disease and breast cancer, Anastacia persevered and is still going strong. Her last record "Pieces Of A Dream" is a greatest hit compilation that features hit such as "I'm Outta Love," "One Day In Your Life" and "Paid My Dues." Anastacia made time in her hectic schedule to answer some questions in an exclusive interview with ArjanWrites.

You will be headlining the White Party in Palm Springs this year. What does it feel like to be acknowledged as a gay diva?
I'm completely honored to be given this title and as one of my dearest friends said "you are our new fearless leader."

As a gay diva you have the power to rule the gay planet for as long as you live. What are three new rules you'd like to enforce?
Legalize marriage for all, cure for aids and a pill so no body fat or love handles can exist.

Do you have any clue as to why gay men are so infatuated by you and your music?
Most women who are admired in the gay community have a very powerful and strong voice and I feel in some way it connects us.

You are a superstar overseas, but in the U.S. you hardly get any attention. What's up with that?
At the beginning of my career it was due to unending changes within my record label and after awhile the anonymity I have at home is not something I'm willing to sacrifice.

What are your recording release plans for the U.S. and in general?
I have no recording or release plans for the U.S. and I just released my greatest hits record overseas.

You got your start when you performed in an MTV talent show. How do you feel about young new artists performing in shows like "American Idol"? Do you have any advice for them?
I very rarely give advice because everyone beats to a different drum. Sometimes advice can push people in the wrong direction. I do think that talent shows on television have been a wonderful way to give opportunity to struggling artists.

At the White Party, you will be surrounded by handsome and semi-naked male beauty. You have a very strict exercise regiment yourself. What is your secret to staying lean and mean?
A bag of Doritos and a diet coke. I'm luck to have good genetics on my side. In my future, if I become large Marge you better not desert me! Big girls need love too!

Many of your songs emphasize perseverance and staying true to yourself no matter what. To what point can you relate with the struggle many young gays go trough searching for acceptance?

Life gives everyone a struggle. I try to see the positive within my own struggles.

Who is your favorite gay ever?
Sir Elton John! He represents strength, intelligence, power, grace, true friendship and a fierce wardrobe as well as a hot husband!

What songs are rocking your iPod right now?
Kelly Clarkson, Coldplay, Enya and the Gypsy Kings.

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amusing arjan.....
not really familiar with her music....yet, strange how much of the formulaic sound hasn't resonated with me. some artists don't necessarily sell very well here, since their beat can't necessarily transcribe across software protocol. stands to reason, i lost interest in much of the music with the same 'ol same 'ol sound....rhythms that echo in the dirt -- nothing much brilliant in that.

on your way to palm springs--it seems. the desert is beautiful.

Posted by: ricardo at Mar 29, 2006 9:48:54 AM

Typo in the blog title.

Posted by: ANON at Mar 29, 2006 10:50:13 AM

I have been a fan of Ana's since she was on "The Cut!" -- that pre-Idol extravaganza hosted by the late Left-Eye Lopez (rip) -- she was WONDERFUL on that show, and has been the only legitimate star to come from it. Silk'e who? The fact that the judging panel knew that she was going to be a phenom overseas (and apparently already had a recording deal) was icing on the cake, but she still should have won!

Posted by: TeKay at Mar 29, 2006 12:58:07 PM

Thanks for giving some love to this totally under-appreciated (in the U.S.) mega-talent. This woman can sing, and many of her lyrics have a strong resonance for the gay community. Well, for me anyway.

Posted by: Worth Repeating at Mar 29, 2006 3:28:42 PM

Anastacia is a fine person. Chrons and cancer. She just gets on with it, never moans abour either, cool lady.

Posted by: aindreas at Mar 29, 2006 3:34:37 PM

Ok...this is weird.Do y'all know how famous and loved Anastacia is outside U.S.?God It'd be like..meeting Cher or Madonna if I ever met her.Her songs are constantly aired on the radio/tv..all around europe,asia..I mean everywhere!!!!
I love her,I love her last duet with Eros.I love 'Pieces of a dream'...I love all of her songs!

Posted by: Matt at Mar 30, 2006 1:44:45 AM

Anastacia is one of my favorites!! And after your interview I love her even more, what a great sense of humor...Thanks.

Posted by: RANDY.N.CHICAGO at Mar 30, 2006 2:46:35 AM

Anastacia sprocks! I really love her songs.

Posted by: Sprock at Apr 1, 2006 12:34:18 PM

Anastacia is such a strong woman. The way she handles her diseases (chrons, breast cancer) is just amazing and makes her a role model!! Her decision to keep her anonymity in the U.S is totally understandable if you have ever seen one of her appearances in europe - she is an absolute superstar here!! I loved her music from the beginning and her personality since I met her the first time - A great person!!

Posted by: freak of nature at Apr 1, 2006 2:35:13 PM

Ana is the best!

Posted by: at Apr 1, 2006 2:38:26 PM

I would love to go visit her at the white party... it would be fun!

Posted by: chris at Apr 1, 2006 11:45:14 PM

Just adoreable

Posted by: surviva_chick at Apr 2, 2006 3:31:24 AM

OMG!!!!!!!!!!! Anastacia rocks. I love her n her music sooo much. I have loved her since forever n always will x x x x You keep goin GIRL

Posted by: Emma at Apr 2, 2006 9:53:45 AM

I Love You Anastacia 4-Ever Forever And Always.Anastacia You Are You´LL Never Be Alone Forever And Always And I Miss You Anastacia Forever And Always.Anastacia I Belong To You And You Belong To Me Forever And Always.
Anastacia Du Bist Die Beste Und Die Geilste Rockröhre Auf Der Ganzen Welt.
Dein Dich Immer Liebender Super-Mega-Hammer-Riesen-Fan Forever And Always In Love Forever And Always Marina

Posted by: Marina at Apr 3, 2006 8:49:54 AM

Anastacia is a rare,very rare talent!!!
it's inexplicable!!!
I got,recently her new dvd and it's just absolutely UNIQUE!!!AMAZING!!!
I give her my congratulations!!!
and i'm a lucky person because I will have the opportunity to see her at the ROCK IN RIO concert!!!eheheh
i'm so happy!!!

Posted by: ana_stacia at Apr 3, 2006 9:49:46 AM

Wot a FANTABULOUS lady!!!!!

Strong, powerful, inspirtational, beautiful, amazing!!!

This woman is one of a kind!

Luved her from the start!!

Sprock on Ana! We love ya!

Lea xxxxxx

Posted by: Leanne at Apr 6, 2006 10:50:16 AM

does ana really read this than here's my message to ya Ana
I love you ana with all my freakin heart from the bottom of my heart!!
Your so true that is awesome amazing that you truly are. :D Strong, power, strenght you have it all girl. Keep sprockin!!!
love jess

Posted by: jessica at Apr 6, 2006 12:12:12 PM

Anastacia Sprocks my world, i dont know what i would do with out her music, its one of a kind and nothing beats it :D:D Love you ana,

Johnny xx

Posted by: Johnny, Survivor Dude at Apr 6, 2006 12:50:50 PM

Ana I soooo love you...but it would be great to see you in the US, just sometimes...You have amazing fans also there, some of the best fansites about you are run by American people...it would be great if you started realising cds also there...last year everybody was waiting for your "Anastacia" album and the "Left Outside Alone" single to come out in the States, but everything was cancelled...even that cute video was done and a cool photoshoot...everything was ready...but suddenly everything cancelled! it's understandable though you don't wanna be famous there...but just remember also American people love you and your music, so it would be great if for once they won't be disappointed...bye ...
ITALY LOVES YOU (& I'm your bigget fan & dreamer ever!!!!)
Alessia

Posted by: Ale at Apr 9, 2006 1:50:17 PM

Ah!!! And it was great when you sang the American National Anthem in Milwhakee (hope I spelled it right)in 2002! you just made 1 mistake!if the ones that criticised you ever see a soccer match in Italy they'll realize that soccer players here just don't know any of the words of the anthem...so...you sang it great!!!why don't you do it again???? I'm waiting for you to sing, uh?! Would be amazing!much love...
A

Posted by: Ale at Apr 9, 2006 1:56:57 PM

Americans are missing one of the biggest voices of the music industry these days! and also a very spiritual and inspirational person.
Keep on sprocking Anas!
We love you
Rebe:)
*Canary Islands, Spain*

Posted by: Rebe at Apr 24, 2006 8:09:55 AM

Ana,
I am deeply touched by your songs. and love the pretty little dum dum.
I wish you would write more songs like this one.
Love you and many many fans loves you here too.

Andi from Hungary

Posted by: Andi at Apr 28, 2006 7:57:17 AM

amazing!!!

Posted by: Online-Casino-Games - Poker, Bingo, Sportsbook - Ixgames Online Gambling Guide at May 2, 2006 4:48:32 AM

Anastacia, has an excellent voice & has some cool tunes.... Oh & she's HOT too.. What a stunner.. Since i found out she had Chrones, its gave me a bit more stregth & persaverance to carry on with my music abitions. I also have Chrones im 24 & ive had it 2 years.. ITS TOUGH SO I KNOW some of which she has been through. Much love,,, MUSICS THE WAY FORWARD... RESPECT FROM THE UK... CHECK OUT COPIOUS ON MYSPACE...

www.myspace.com/copious1960

Posted by: James Pyatt at Aug 23, 2006 2:38:55 AM

Arjan,

Thanks for a great little interview. It inspired me to go and pull out my Anastasia album. However I've just opened the case to find it's not there. What's a girl to do now!!

Michelle

Posted by: Michelle at May 1, 2007 2:30:25 AM

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