Pink is getting real about her life as a rock-star mom, revealing things weren’t always a “funhouse.” In a new interview with People, the singer-songwriter talked about balancing her two loves: family and performing.
“When I had kids, people said: ‘Your career’s going to be over. How are you going to tour?'” the “Never Gonna Not Dance Again” singer said. Pink, who has been married to husband Carey Hart, 47, since 2006, shares daughter Willow, 11, and son Jameson, 6. At 43, Pink has remained one of the most enduring pop stars of her generation.
The “Get The Party Singer” has sold more than 60 million albums worldwide, achieved 23 Top 40 singles, and earned three Grammys and an Emmy. Her last tour, Beautiful Trauma, was the second-highest-grossing tour of all time by a female artist (after Madonna). Now, following the release of her ninth album Trustfall, she’s ready to do it again, first with her Pink Summer Carnival stadium tour this summer, with special guests Pat Benatar, Brandi Carlile, Gayle, Gwen Stefani, and more. Following that is the Trustfall arena tour in the fall.
When she and Hart became parents, Pink revealed all of her fears were worth it. “I did not know I was going to have a family. I didn’t picture that for myself because I was terrified I would be a terrible mother,” says Pink. “But, oh my God, being a mom is the most incredible thing I’ve ever done. It’s shocking how responsible I’ve become.”
Though Pink loves being a rock-star mom, her tour schedule sometimes overlaps with her kids’ special events. “We finally had to have this really teary conversation about what I do and that it’s hard as a mom, and that’s why not a lot of moms do it,” Pink says of missing one of Willow’s theater productions later this year. “I told her, ‘It’s going to suck, and I won’t go longer than 10 days without you . . . or I’ll quit. I’ll walk away tomorrow. What do you want?’ And she was like, ‘Don’t quit, Mama. I will just miss you sometimes. And I love what you do.’ And I was like, ‘I love what I do too. I worked my a– off for it, and I’m not going to apologize for that. Also, it affords you a very nice life!'”