‘I got sick of this crap, of the music for a while, bored of it,’ she admits.
‘I was in the middle of the Galleries Lafayette buying a new outfit after I lost my baggage off the plane. Keep me away from ’ These days, Estelle is busy having ‘cabbie wars’ in Brooklyn, where she moved in early 2007. On a more serious note though, why did she turn her back on the UK?
'If you don’t love it, cool.’America does love it though; Estelle is in a short line of British artists – like Dizzee Rascal and De La Soul – who made it across the pond.
‘The problem is we go there and conform to them and don’t be us,’ she says, animated.
I’m very much able to release these things, sometimes in a good or bad way, on my albums.
I like the freedom of being able to do this in such a coherent way. I’m definitely more flexible today and open to trying new things.
‘It got to a point where it got too much, too fake, too plastic, crazy people – I was like let me go and figure out who I am.’ She set up her own record label, Stellarents, ‘to make my own career work because no-one knew what to do with me.’ No wonder; Estelle was a rapper and producer, so when she started singing she surprised many. The positives are that you get to date and you get to be taken out places. ESSENCE.com: Do you enjoy having multiple suitors at the same time? It's a fantastic ego boost on days when you wake up and your hair is disheveled. )ESSENCE.com: What would a guy have to do to impress you on a date? At this point in my life I’m looking for a partner and husband not a boyfriend. I check to see if his past relationships have been published on Instagram or on Twitter, and if they have, no ma'am—I’m good on that! You can say I'm flirting if you catch me smiling more than twice. They say it takes half the time you were in a relationship to get over it. You know, when you hit that point where you're like, I don't feel anything anymore when their name is mentioned. It would be interesting to hear your views on the world, the news and current events—you know, other things besides him. ESSENCE.com: How do you flirt with people you're interested in? I can be so oblivious when people are on a date with me. For someone who writes songs about love, I suck at it, so I try not to flirt. ESTELLE: No, it was a couple years ago, but I was in the relationship for two years. I'm at the stage where I feel a certain way about love and partnerships; I'm not afraid of it. ESSENCE.com: We can just see you in a fierce wedding gown with your fierce bridesmaids. A lot of people spend the majority of their lives single. A lot of people want to put on airs and decide to be everything their partner wants. This album is about being happy being single, married or none of the above. Estelle: I don’t have an opinion on the future of R&B because I don’t classify myself as a strictly R&B artist. If some of it is R&B and people want to buy it, that’s cool. When she's not up in the middle of the night filling her online shopping carts and catching up on style blogs, she's writing about fashion and entertainment for a number of websites and magazines.