Grammy-winning Singer Pink Reveals She is Raising Her Children Gender-Neutral
Singer and song-writer Pink has revealed that she is raising her two young children to be gender-neutral. The Grammy-winner, whose birth name is Alecia Beth Moore, has a six-year-old daughter named Willow and an 11-month-old son named Jameson. Pink, 38, is raising her children with their father and her husband, motorcycle racer Carey Hart, 42, whom she married in 2006.
In an interview with The People, Pink said she discourages the use of labels and wants to protect her children from the harms and pressures of gender conventions. In the past, she has repeatedly expressed her rejection of such norms and shared painful experiences of her own being bullied for her appearance.
“We are a very label-less household. Last week Willow told me she is going to marry an African woman. I was like: ‘Great, can you teach me how to make African food?’” she told The People.
“And she’s like: ‘Sure mama, and we are going to live with you while our house is getting ready.’”
Pink encourages early, childhood conversations and debates around gender. This helps prevent people from forming biases and taking their ideas on gender for granted.
The popstar also said she considered herself a pre-teen male.
“I’m a f***ing grown up now, it’s so weird. I’m still a 12-year-old boy,” she said.
Pink took the opportunity to express her dislike for the United States President, whom her daughter calls Donald Duck Trumpet. “F*** it,” she said, after momentarily considering correcting Willow.
“I can’t imagine being a third-grader and this being the first example of what it means to be President,” she said. “I throw my hands up in the air every day. It’s unbelievable. It’s not funny at all. It’s un-f***ing-believable. I want to skip ahead to the part that it’s over and we start the cleanup process.”
Pink explained how regardless of how she sees herself gender-wise, she identifies first and foremost as a mother, and her children are her top priority in life. She is very aware of how her choices directly affect her family and describes dedicating significant time to her children’s school events and activities.
“I’m much more mum than I am anything else. Absolutely 100%. They are my everything. It’s the two best decisions I ever made,” she said.
Pink’s latest album Beautiful Trauma has been topping charts around the world. She said she has learned a great deal in the many years since her 2001 breakthrough debut album M!ssundaztood.
“This time I’m not young and I am present,” she explained.
At this summer’s MTV Video Music Awards, Pink took the stage to speak about beauty norms and directly addressed her daughter, who sat watching in the audience. Receiving the Video Vanguard Award, she explained how her daughter had told her she was “ugly” and looked “like a boy with long hair.”
Pink assured her, “You’re beautiful,” and then told her about how she too had been called names and been made to feel ugly, but she continues to embrace herself as she is, with continued worldwide success.
“When people make fun of me they say I look like a boy or I’m too masculine or I’m too outspoken,” she continued. “Do you see me growing my hair? Do you see me changing my body? Do you see my selling out arenas all over the world?” Pink stated.
“Baby girl, we don’t change. We take the gravel in the shell and make a pearl. We help other people to change, so they can see all kinds of beauty.
“And you my darling girl are beautiful and I love you,” she concluded, to the applause of the crowd.
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