Sade performing at the SAP Arena,
Mannheim, Germany, in 2011
|Born||Helen Folasade Adu
16 January 1959
Ibadan, Oyo State, Nigeria
|Residence||Cotswolds, Gloucestershire, England|
|Other names||Sade Adu|
|Alma mater||Saint Martin’s School of Art|
|Spouse(s)||Carlos Scola Pliego
From being at art college, I've always hated people that have the gall to think that they're being incredibly different when they're doing something in a very acceptable way, something safe that they've seen someone else doing.
When I go into the studio, I completely detach. I let my emotions come out.
When I was young, people were almost identified solely by the kind of music they liked. People fell into categories of who liked what.
I am fairly classless because it is very difficult to class someone who comes from a mixed marriage.
I'm not anti-fashion, but I've always had a bit of a punk attitude. That's important, I think. I do my own thing.
People are so used to having their lives filmed, they're not even conscious of having cameras around. I still have that sort of suspicion when a camera comes out. I view it as a thing to fear.
People generally let me be me. People are aware that I'm not someone particularly begging for attention. They hold back a bit with me.
When you play arenas you can create whatever you want. At a theater the height of the stage and the limitations of the theater can make you feel more separate from the audience.
Once a song's out there, it's no longer mine. And that's the whole purpose of music: to belong to people.
Radio interviews are really snappy and I'm just bad at that. I just close down.
I'm not over the top; I'm not wacky. I'm fairly understated, and that reflects in the way I sing.
All the cliches of glamorous sophistication have little appeal to me. Do I want to live the British version of 'Dynasty?' No thanks!
There isn't a class structure in Nigeria; there's a tribal structure and prestige as far as money is concerned.
The anxiety I feel when I'm late is nothing like the anxiety I feel when I'm on time.
I've never associated myself with other singers, certainly not female singers.
To be a mother you must be strong. Even if you don't feel it, you have to pretend.
I'm not shy or reclusive. I just spend my time with people rather than journalists.
I always said that if I could just find a guy who could chop wood and had a nice smile, it wouldn't bother me if he was a thug or an aristocrat, as long as he was a good guy. And I've ended up with an educated thug.
I think you only really feel like an outsider if you've been an insider.
London was a really multi-racial city … It's incredible how comfortable people are with race there.
I can't see myself just endlessly singing the same songs over and over again.
Most of my lyrics are little stories about my experiences or those of my friends.
I'm uneasy with fame so I do my best to avoid places that will bring me more attention.
Whatever I'm doing, I'm in that moment and I'm doing it. The rest of the world's lost. If I'm cooking some food or making soup, I want it to be lovely. If not, what's the point of doing it?