US singer, Alicia Augello Cook, known as Alicia Keys, has disclosed that she could have become a prostitute or drug addict.
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The American disclosed this in an interview, in which she reflected on her past, and also spoke about her present life.
Keys revealed that she became a mother at the age of 16.
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“I am that person, the one that wasn’t supposed to make it out of Hell’s Kitchen, who was supposed to end up being a prostitute, a young mother at 16 years old, or addicted to drugs. I am the one who was supposed to be in the wrong place at the wrong time and got injured or killed”, she said.
According to the songwriter, her songs have been inspired by her life.
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“And what the f**k is a dream? A dream is a luxury, if you have to pay all these bills and put food on the table for your kids. That is why I understand so much about what it means to have the strength to follow your own path. All the songs I’ve ever written that have been considered empowering or uplifting, I’ve written them at my lowest point. Because I needed to remind myself: don’t forget that”.
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She added: “I’ve definitely been addicted to pleasing people. It’s very damaging. It has to do with a certain feeling that you don’t deserve certain things that other people do. It’s a habit. I actually have to be like: stop, you’re doing that thing where you’re not valuing yourself.”