Billy Johnson Jr. of Launch.com spoke with Pink and asked the singer what she felt bothered about being categorized with Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera. “It does and it doesn’t. I mean, they’re great. They’re great for what they do. But I do something completely different,” Pink said. “Like, my thing when I grew up was I latched onto the artist that inspired me. They could put their songs on that could make me understand my day a little better, you know what I’m saying? I latched onto messages. My thing is I write my music; I’m a hands-on person. Nobody came to me and said, ‘OK, we’re going to call you Pink. Here, throw on some pink hair, put on some pink shirts, here you go, just be you.’ No, this is me. This is who I am, my music. I don’t try to be candy-coated. I don’t try to walk on eggshells. I am what I am. Love me or hate me. But people have to categorize you, it makes them feel better. It’s like medicine for some people. I was signed in ’96, when there was no Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera and Mandy Moore and Jessica Simpson and whatever, so it was like they didn’t know what to think of me. They were like, ‘What’s this girl like? Is she a punk-rocker thug type? Like, what is she?’ So now it’s easy for people to categorize me, but I think my music will speak for itself. I don’t know…I mean, if it makes you feel better, put me in that category, but I’m painting the world pink. So whatever.”
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