Bebe Rexha says her mom 'hated' one of her most famous lyrics (Exclusive)
Bebe Rexha's dad isn't her only parent who has had issues with some of her work.
The singer revealed to AOL's Gibson Johns that her mother also had a complaint about one of her recent hits, "I'm A Mess." When we asked her about the line "It's gonna be a good, good, life / That's what my therapist say," from the song's chorus, Rexha told us that her mom, Bukurije, "hated" that she was openly talking about going to therapy.
"Oh, my mom hated it when she first heard it," she told AOL at the launch of her Lay's 'Turn Up the Flavor' campaign. "She was like, 'Oh, no no no no. We’re not going to have people thinking I didn’t raise [you well.]' I’m like, 'Mom, it’s 2019; it’s okay to sit down and speak to someone who’s not biased and doesn’t know anything about you. It’s okay to take care of yourself. It’s not only physically, it’s mentally.'"
"People get scared to take care of themselves in that way, because they don’t want to be judged," she added. "For me, I like to put a spotlight on that."
And, really, it's Rexha's unbridled honesty both in her music and on social media that she says has kept her fanbase behind her throughout her singing career: "The reason why I’ve had them from the beginning and they’ve felt connected to me," she gushed.
That being said, just because she is so uninhibited about what she shares with her fans and just because she makes sharing oftentimes intimate details about her life look so easy, doesn't mean that it's not scary to be so open.
"When it’s the most honest or the most real, it’s the stuff that scares me the most," Rexha explained. "Those are the things that are really actually saying things."
The singer, 29, who released her debut album, "Expectations," just last year, has more honest music in the pipeline. In addition to writing and recording "Right Here, Right Now" for the Lay's campaign in three different genres to represent the brand's three new flavors, Rexha is also working on her "gutsy" sophomore album.
"It’s unapologetic. It’s anthemic. I’m saying things that I’m insecure about," she told us about her new material. "It’s tons of stuff that I would be scared to even say in an interview or in public, but I’m writing about it and it’s scary. It’s things that we all deal with and don’t speak about."
Though Rexha has made a name for herself for being able to nab hits that transcend genre (see: the record-breaking "Meant to Be" with Florida Georgia Line), she still considers herself to be a "pop star at heart." Because of that, she admitted to AOL that she has to work extra hard to find success in the hip-hop dominated music industry right now.
"I am a control freak with my business, and being a pop artist these days is harder. It’s tough, because pop records now can explode, but they don’t in the same way that others would," she said. "You have to have patience and really put in the work to promote it. I’m constantly making music every day. I could put out a song every day if I wanted to, but it’s about quality over anything for me."