When we think of celebrities, we wrongly assume that they have perfect lives and are all smiles all the time. The truth is, they do not. Like other common mortals like us, celebrities also struggle with problems in life. Although the nature of their struggle can be different, it does not mean they do not have problems whatsoever.
Think about Alicia Keys—what comes to mind when you hear her name? She is widely successful, famous, and has got all the perks of life. Well, that is true. But she does have her own problems. Put simply, her life is not perfect – just like all of us.
To begin with, Alicia Keys reveals that she felt insecure during her childhood. “By the time I was a teenager, I did not find my father around,” the “Girl On Fire” star recalls. She asserts that her dad had a sub-optimal relationship with her mom, and the two ended up parting ways by the time when she was only five. This was the time when Alicia Keys needed the love of her father.
However, as he had parted ways with her mom, Alicia stayed with her mom, and her dad did not see her anymore. “This was quite traumatic,” Alicia Keys asserts, hinting at her early age. Furthermore, Alicia Keys affirms that this “insecurity trauma” increased as time passed. She argues that these insecurities stayed with her. Despite her wide success today, she reveals that she still suffers from those insecurities.
Furthermore, Alicia Keys reveals that she felt a lack of parenting from a very young age. Since her father did not raise her, she lacked self-worth. The “Girl On Fire” star also recalls that she felt the need for love from her dad every now and then. However, given the complex relationship, she was sure she could not access her dad’s love. In turn, this gave birth to insecurities, and she started questioning her self-worth.
Thus, Alicia Keys was left with her mom, who raised her alone. She asserts that she had to accommodate and “adjust” with her mom. “I think I lost the truest version of me growing up,” the teary young girl recalls. While referring to her mom’s parenting, she recalls that it was the worst thing that ever happened to her. The singer had to say no to her inner voice and confirm with her mom.
That is why she reveals that she lost her true self in childhood.
However, it is essential to note here that Alicia Keys is 40 years old and a mom of three. But her childhood is still a part of her today. She asserts that she figured out her insecurities from a very early age. And she is committed to being a good mom. “I will never make my kids feel the way I did,” the committed singer affirms.
For parents, she advises being nice to their kids. She reiterates that just because you have a bad relationship with your spouse does not mean you should walk away. Furthermore, she also wants teenagers not to suppress their true selves while confirming with their parents.