Iggy Azalea Talks Wild Past in Complex October/November 2013
While posing naked in the floral Gavin Bond front page shot, the 23-year-old Aussie songstress dished about the struggles she faces as a white female rapper and shared details about her relationship with ex-boyfriend A$AP Rocky.
Check out a few highlights from Miss Azalea's interview below. For more, be sure to visit Complex!
On her wild childhood:
"When I was 13 I got a fake ID. I'd go out, get hammered off my face in nightclubs I thought that made me an adult, meet older guys who thought I was older, and go f*** them. I'd do that all the time. Hitchhiking was something I would do all the time as a kid. When I was 14 I used to go to the red light district called Kings Cross and go to strip clubs. We would hang out there so late that the train would stop working, and then we would walk back into the city on the sides of the road, three or four dunk 14-year-old girls with fake IDs. One time, after going to a nightclub with my friend, a guy followed us through all the carriages. Every station, we'd get out and switch a carriage and he would find the carriage we were in. When we got to the station in Sydney he started to chase us and was like, 'Come here, you little s****!' We ran and locked ourselves in the disabled bathroom and we stayed there for like four hours until the sun came up and people were out for work again. That's only time I've ever felt scared doing something dumb."
On her issues with racism:
"Yeah, but it's retarded. The Rolling Stones go to America, play 'black' blues music, and nobody has a f******* issue with it or thinks it's weird. But here we are, 50 years later, in the 21st century, and people are like, this is so weird that you're white, from another country, and you like black music.' Why is it not weird for Keith Richards or Mick Jagger, but it's so weird and taboo for me? Do you think a kid liking my music is gonna make rap music some other thing, or that all of a sudden nobody's gonna like Scarface? If you're mad about it and you're a black person then start a rap career and give it a go, too. I'm not taking anyone's spot, so make yourself a mixtape. Or maybe if you're black, start singing like a country singer and be a white person. I don't know. Why is it such a big deal? This is the entertainment industry. It's not politics. You should be more concerned about the message, not the voices saying it."
On her relationship with A$AP Rocky:
"I'd date somebody in the industry again, but the number one thing I regret saying publicly is that I f****** love Rakim [A$AP Rocky]. These are the thing that happen when you say you love somebody in the media: Every person that person's ever had sex with, who would still like to have sex with them, will say what a lame b**** you are. Every person who's ever had sex with me, who wants to have sex with me still, will say how wack the guy is. Then, everybody who has an ulterior motive business-wise is gonna come at us and tell us every reason why we shouldn't f*** with each other. Little seeds get planted. 'Does she really love you? Did she say that because she's using you for attention? You should be dating a black girl.' Blogs do voting polls: 'Do you think they're a good couple or not?' I f******* hated that. It's not a song. It's a relationship, and you're not in it, but the way. It's so sick to me. Also, you can never go out because people will take pictures of you or talk about what you're doing, or if you're having a fight. You'll never be able to enjoy yourself in the capacity of a normal f****** human being ever again."
On her A$AP tattoo:
"I've never regretted it. I f******* loved him. I know he loved me, too. I felt like he was somebody I could count on who loved me for me, and I don't want to forget that. I would sacrifice a quarter of a pink for those memories. That's why I didn't cross it out all the way, because if I'd covered it up all the way, that says I'm embarrassed. You shouldn't be ashamed of the trials of becoming an adult. I wanted people to know I'm free for more possible love interests, but also not ashamed."
Photo Credit: Gavin Bond for Complex