I like that my album might give people hope.
Byline: ANDY WELCH
"I'M not going to lie, there's normally a baguette in one hand, and a brie in the other," says Rebecca Ferguson, who moved to Paris earlier this year.
She fell in love with the city after several visits over the years, and it sounds as if she's settling in a treat - although she's not so sure about the locals' way of nursing a glass of red wine for hours on end. "I need to change my way thinking," she says, laughing.
"I've got all artistic since I moved here, galleries and all that," the 30-year-old singer adds. "I came over with my mate and felt really happy. I've never felt like that about anywhere else, so I knew it was the right thing to do."
After what she's been through over the past few years, no one could begrudge Ferguson a bit of happiness.
"I was pregnant with my daughter, and I was rejected. He said he didn't want me or the baby," she says, recalling the catalyst to a challenging period in her life.
Ferguson - who already had two children, Lillie May and Karl, from a previous relationship - has never named the father of her daughter, Arabella, now almost two, who also broke the news that he had another girlfriend at the same time as abandoning her.
"I'd never been through anything like that before," she says. "My hormones were all over the place. I was a mess and I had a nervous breakdown."
While this was happening, Ferguson was in the middle of recording, and later promoting, her album of Billie Holiday covers, Lady Sings The Blues. After the covers album, Ferguson says she was itching to write some songs of her own, and doing so also proved hugely cathartic.
"Just being honest and getting those feelings down was important," she says. "It felt very empowering to talk about it, and to carry on talking about it. I think it can give people hope too, if they're going through similar, and I like the thought of that.
"There are so many children born and rejected, and no one talks about it. It's brushed under the carpet so often, but I don't think that issue should be forgotten. No matter how a child has come into the world, they should be celebrated."
Superwoman, the album's title track, sums up how Ferguson feels, and how proud she is that she managed to get through it all.
"There was so much I didn't understand about the business when I came into it," she says, referring to coming second on the The X Factor.
"I was a sweet girl who thought everyone was nice and out to help her. I didn't think people viewed me as a business, but once I got onto that, I took control of it and now I understand it all, and more than anything I want to maintain my dignity." ? ?Rebecca Ferguson's new album, Superwoman, is out now. She plays Leicester's De Montfort Hall on November 15.
There are so many children born and rejected, I don't think that issue should be forgotten Rebecca Ferguson
Rebecca Ferguson has been through some tough times but is now in a good place, loving life in Paris