Zara Larsson On Standing Up To ‘Middle-Aged’ Men And Hating Chris Brown

Zara Larsson is only 18-years-old and she’s already a rising star in pop music. The Swedish singer opened up on what it’s like to work in an industry that’s filled with “middle-aged men.”

My giving a dramatically sad look before Live Lounge today

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According to MTV UK, Larsson already has three top 10 singles in the U.K., along with a No. 1 song in Sweden. She has been making headlines for her singles “Ain’t My Fault” and “Lush Life,” along with her collaborations. On Friday, Sept. 23, Larsson will grace the cover of this week’s NME, and she revealed what it’s really like to be a young pop star.

“I was 15 when I started, and they’re basically all men and middle-aged and now what they’re doing, so when I was 15 and I was saying ‘no,’ that was scary. But I’ve had time to develop my self-esteem and the ability to say no, because that’s the most important thing you can do.”

In her NME cover story, Larsson opened up about the inspiration behind her songs “Lush Life” and “Ain’t My Fault.” She admits that she’s not even sure where she got the motivation for either one of the flirtatious songs. Larsson says she’s just a young woman who’s still finding out who she is in this industry.

“I think my thing is that… I don’t know. And that’s why I don’t wanna sing about ‘This is me, this is who I am’ because, like, even the question ‘Tell me about yourself’ – what are you supposed to say? ‘Ooh, I’m a happy girl, but I’m sad too’? People are so complex. Mostly I just write about feelings that people can relate to. Because, yeah, I don’t know who I am, and this is not my sound forever… I’m a human, so hopefully I will always develop.”

Larsson recently covered Rihanna and Drake’s “Too Good” in the Radio 1 Live Lounge on Tuesday, Sept. 20. She also performed her new song, “Ain’t My Fault,” during her special performance at the BBC’s flagship station, reports NME. Watch both of Larsson’s performances in the videos below.

The blonde beauty also took a stand against R&B singer Chris Brown. According to another MTV UK report, the two artists are apparently in a feud with one another. Larsson has made it clear on social media that she’s not a big fan of Brown because he physically assaulted Rihanna when they were dating back in 2009. In March, Larsson took to Twitter to post the following message.

Chris brown is TRAAASSHHHHH

— Zara Larsson (@zaralarsson) March 30, 2016

One of Larsson’s fans took to Instagram to defend the singer. Then, Chris Brown caught wind of their comments and jumped in to address the criticism. Commenting on the fan’s post, Brown wrote “She WACK!” before adding “stinky butt,” reports MTV UK. If you still don’t believe it, then check out Brown’s latest comments below.

Larsson then took to Twitter to respond with a series of profanity-laced tweets. “I’m laughing out f***ing looouud,” she added. “Hahahahaha. We will all be dead in hundred years anyway. What I mean is that sometimes people take themselves way too seriously,” she then later clarified her comments.

@nmemagazine ????????

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Larsson has always been outspoken on social media. In July, she took to Twitter to respond to the news that a woman was reportedly raped during her set at a Swedish music festival. She wrote, “F*** you who shamelessly raped a girl in the audience. You deserve to burn in hell. F*** you for making girls feel insecure when they go to a festival. I hate guys. Hate hate hate.”

She then added: “It’s not f***ing hard to be generalized. It’s hard to feel insecure about a festival where you wanna go to have fun and enjoy. BUT YOU CAN’T, BECAUSE OF MEN. UGH.”

The full interview with Zara Larsson will be available nationwide on Sept. 16, as well as online.

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