Women Are Complex, Too: The Lykke Li Interview, Video & Gallery

Women Are Complex, Too: The Lykke Li Interview, Video & GalleryAs Told To Tara Aquino; Photography By Santiago Sierra; Styling By Julie Ragolia

With her sophomore LP, Wounded Rhymes, set to drop on March 1, the Swedish chanteuse gets deep in our game of “Would You Rather…”

I’d rather be telepathic than have X-ray vision.
Then I can understand the mysteries that I don’t know. Yeah, I’m afraid of what I might hear. The truth hurts, you know?

I’d rather reveal nothing than reveal everything.
After everything is revealed, there is nothing. What do you have left? There’s so much more I want to explore in arts and music. I’m just not interested in getting judged or getting people to love me. Being seen and taking my photo and having to follow this schedule all the time, I don’t enjoy it. I like leaving dreams in my head, and I don’t like talking about things before I have them done.

I’d rather have three arms than three eyes.
That’s handy. I can multitask. I would talk on the phone with one, then cook or something with the others.

I’d rather not shave for a year than not bathe for a month.
I don’t mind. I’d rather smell good. If you live in New York, there’s always the need for coats, so it’s fine.

I’d rather have my heart broken than break someone else’s.
That’s a tough cookie. I don’t want to break someone’s heart, but you can’t control that. A broken heart happens; that’s inevitable.

I’d rather be ignored than misunderstood.
Ignorance is bliss. If you’re being ignored, that’s a good time to concentrate on finding yourself and creating your own mystery. I will never get to Lady Gaga’s status. That’s not something I want. The more I do this and the more I’m seen, the less I want to be seen. Being misunderstood? That’s a much harder task. That can be a death sentence.

This article originally appeared in Complex's February/March 2011 issue.

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