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."

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NEW YORK, NY - FEBRUARY 27: Grammy-nominated artist Bebe Rexha celebrates the launch of the Lay's 'Turn Up the Flavor' program in New York City on February 27, 2019 with a live performance of her exclusive song 'Right Here, Right Now', remixed in three genres that each pair with one of the three new Lay's flavors. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Frito-Lay North America)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 10: Bebe Rexha attends the 61st Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 10: Bebe Rexha attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 09: Bebe Rexha attends The Recording Academy and Clive Davis' 2019 Pre-GRAMMY Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 09, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
BEVERLY HILLS, CA - FEBRUARY 09: Bebe Rexha (C) and Florida Georgia Line's Brian Kelley (L) and Tyler Hubbard (R) pose during the Pre-GRAMMY Gala and GRAMMY Salute to Industry Icons Honoring Clarence Avant at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on February 9, 2019 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for The Recording Academy)
LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 07: Bebe Rexha attends the Warner Music Group Pre-Grammy Celebration at Nomad Hotel Los Angeles on February 7, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - FEBRUARY 07: Rita Ora (L) and Bebe Rexha attend Spotify's Best New Artist Party at the Hammer Museum on February 07, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)
SAN JOSE, CA - JANUARY 26: Singer Bebe Rexha performs at the 2019 NHL All-Star Saturday Night Party at the San Jose Convention Center on January 26, 2019 in San Jose, California. (Photo by Dave Sandford/NHLI via Getty Images)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0986 -- Pictured: Musical guest Bebe Rexha performs on December 20, 2018 -- (Photo by: Andrew Lipovsky/NBC/NBCU Photobank)
SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 16: Bebe Rexha attends the 2018 Y100 Jingle Ball at BB&T Center on December 16, 2018 in Sunrise, United States. (Photo by Taylor Hill/Getty Images)
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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."

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