How do you feel about the attention from guys? There’s like a semi-creepy, obsessive vibe to some of it. There’s a lot of nerdy dudes who see someone like you blowing up on YouTube and start crushing. And you see all the comments, “Oh, I’m in love with her.”
[Laughs.] That’s so weird!
I always thought I was super unattractive but if all these people think I’m cute, maybe I might be cute? My dad was like, 'Don’t let it go to your head, dude.' I’ll try.
How is that? Especially in an era when you have girls thirsting out on Facebook and Instagram who crave that male attention. As someone who doesn’t appear to be soliciting it, it has to feel a way when there’s like threads of dudes talking about how hot you are.
That’s so fucking weird to me. Honestly, I don’t even think… When I see the tweets, “Kitty is so cute!” I really thought I looked horrible in that video. I was like, “Oh my God. My face is broken out. My hair looks so gross.” I don’t even want to do this. I don’t even want people to see me looking like that. I think that the girls who post things on Instagram just for boys liking them, I think they have kind of like… I don’t know. That is like the opposite of me. I don’t know. I guess I like the attention. That’s pretty cool. I’m sure you are going to quote me in a weird way that’s going to make me look a total butthead that I said that. [Laughs.]
I never do that with anybody.
Okay, good. Not in a butthead way, but it’s really flattering. I always thought I was super unattractive but if all these people think I’m cute, maybe I might be cute? My dad was like, “Don’t let it go to your head, dude.” I’ll try.
What type of girl are you in school? Do people treat you differently in the halls at school?
I kind of started doing music more so when I started getting more attention. I met a lot of people because they were people who wanted to book shows with me. Mainly in Daytona Beach, but there’s not much of a music scene there. It’s kind of a hardcore, punk scene. And they are not very interested, so I never really played shows. I didn’t really think it was a thing that I could do. And I didn’t think anyone would really care anyway. And then I met a lot of people in Orlando, which isn’t very far. They would always want to book shows. I would go and book shows and I would meet all of these new people. I met people who had a lot more in common with me with the music stuff, so I’ve been hanging out with them more.
Only a few of my friends even watched it. So, I think it’s really weird. I don’t understand. If any of my friends were like getting some very crazy, random amount of popularity, I would be excited for them. My friends are just like mad or something.
And also, my friends kind of stopped... They don’t talk to me as much as they did before. The ones that I actually see all the time, they are not interested. And they never ever want to bring it up or anything like that. They don’t want to talk about it. Like today, there’s only been like three or four of my friends that I see a lot that actually said anything about me online like the video. Only a few of my friends even watched it. So, I think it’s really weird. I don’t understand. If any of my friends were like getting some very crazy, random amount of popularity, I would be excited for them. My friends are just like mad or something.
Does it seem like apathy because that’s the type of people they are, they don’t give a fuck about whatever? Or do you honestly feel a little bit of jealousy directed towards you?
I think it would make sense for people to be jealous, I just don’t think that they are. I think they just don’t care. I think it just really doesn’t affect them, so it doesn’t really matter. Maybe they are just thinking about—I don’t know, there are more important things to think about than a video on the Internet. [Laughs.] That was a very profound quote.
As someone who said Earl was an influence, his diss or whatever, it was sort of passive. He retweeted Noz saying some shit, you know?
Yeah, but it still hurt my feelings. [Laughs.] Of all the people that could possibly say anything mean about me. Obviously, I am a teenage girl here. I am gonna read into every single thing that you say. And I am going to take it to heart, because that is who I am. I am full of hormones and I can’t help it. But like, Earl Sweatshirt has been like my rap idol ever since I first heard him years ago. When I heard that, why couldn’t it have been Tyler? Why couldn’t it have been anybody but Earl? I mean, come on. That kind of stung. It wasn’t even that big of deal. Technically, it didn’t even say, “He doesn’t like me.” It was kind of like…
It was like if you’re going to support Kitty, make sure you’re not overlooking Kilo.
Yeah. And when Kilo came out with her EP or whatever, her mixtape, or whatever that was, I was like, “Oh my god, I am never going to be anything close to this girl.” I’ve been listening to Kilo Kish. I love her. I think she is amazing. So, I don’t know. I wasn’t too upset about it, but I was like, “Oh my God, Earl. Come on, Earl. I just wanted you to love me.”
Of all the people that could possibly say anything mean about me... Earl Sweatshirt has been like my rap idol ever since I first heard him years ago. When I heard that, why couldn’t it have been Tyler?
Is the rap game stressful?
First of all, it’s a constant stream of being asked to collab, which is cool and really nice and I think it’s really flattering. But, it’s also from people that I have never seen before. I’ve never met them and they send me their music. I don’t have time. I am a really busy person. I don’t have time to listen to all this music. And if I don’t answer them, then they get really offended and they start to talk shit to me. I’m just like, “Come on, this is completely unwarranted. Where did this come from?” And the other thing that’s stressful is having a manager telling you what I need to be doing like, “Kitty, you need to make a song. When are you coming out with a song?” Obviously, I am going to have to come out with more songs otherwise everybody is going to forget about it. Being told when things need to be done by is crazy stressful because I am very, very bad at deadlines, so that’s the worse part.
Outside of the collabs for music, is there any weird stuff you’ve been hit up about?
Do you mean in regards to anything? I have been asked for some crazy shit lately.
Yeah, in regards to anything.
Well, I’ve been asked... It’s weird when people are asking me for pictures of my feet. I don’t know where that came from. I don’t know who he was or anything. I am getting beats. Everybody in the world has sent me beats. I have gotten so many beats. I don’t understand what I am going to do with all these beats. I keep getting asked to go to New York City and do things in New York City. I mean, that’s cool, but I’m not old enough to pick up and go to New York City on my own. The coolest part is people are asking me to wear their clothing brand, which is exciting because you get free clothes. People ask for everything.
Has anyone been like extra explicit or forward with you? Expanding on the whole crush thing that dudes are having or whatever—have dudes ever gotten out of pocket?
Yeah. There have been some really explicit messages and they are always anonymous. These people–I don’t know if they’re joking–maybe it’s somebody trying to creep me out, but I’ve been around the Internet awhile so I am kind of desensitized to it because I am always on it that much. People are always leaving weird, anonymous things. Like, “I want to…” Oh God, I don’t even know. I don’t even want to say this. I don’t want to be quoted on these terrible things because my mom reads all of my interviews and she Googles me, so I don’t want her to see it. But yeah. Honestly, there’s people who leave me very scary things. Sometimes, they will add me on Facebook and they send me pictures of them naked and stuff. Well, that’s cool. Thank you. I will just print this out and put this on my wall. That’s just what I wanted.
Sometimes, they will add me on Facebook and they send me pictures of them naked and stuff. Well, that’s cool. Thank you. I will just print this out and put this on my wall. That’s just what I wanted.
You said you’re busy. What are you busy with? Not to make assumptions that you don’t have a life or something. But what are you doing?
[Laughs.] I work a lot. I have a job. I also like to make art, so I sell the things that I paint online and people order it a lot now and it's very time consuming. I have a lot responsibilities, I guess, with my friends and my family. I’m always like, “I have to go here. I have to go do this and be at this person’s show.” I think being in the middle of the music scene is the thing that makes me the busiest because I always feel obligated to go to certain shows and there’s always a show I want to be at. I spend a lot of time on that. And lately, I have been spending way too much time worrying about this music shit. That’s actually what’s making me the busiest, but I don’t like to think what I do is sit on Twitter and read all my replies. It’s not that kind of busy. It’s actually trying to make things.
Are you a real redhead?
I was actually hoping you were going to say no.
Why? I mean, I am not going to lie. I could lie. I could see people getting in big arguments about it and bitching at me about it. I am not even going to lie, man. I dye my hair red.
I just had this random conversation today about how, like, Emma Stone isn’t a natural redhead. Christina Hendricks isn’t. All these famous redheads these days are not.
No, I am way more mysterious about my age.
You’re either like 16 or 17. Is it that complicated, really?
It’s more just like, I don’t know. I think depending on how you interpret what I do, it changes depending how old you think I am. Obviously, the people who thought I was 13 were like, “This is horrible. I can’t believe this 13-year-old is using such language and talking about drinking.” I was like, “Oh my God.” So, I think just seeing things. I think it’s hilarious. I don’t know. Maybe I’ll tell everybody. I’m sure you’ll hear about it.
I guess you’ll just tweet it one day and it will be a big deal. Because I’m like, if you’re going to tell some guy tomorrow, just tell me today.
OK. I’m not going to tell anybody tomorrow. I am going to have a really in-depth discussion with my manager before I tell anybody. But honestly, I can’t believe nobody has figured it out yet. Nobody has gone through… It’s really obvious if you, like, look. You can find it. It’s not hard. But people haven’t done it yet. I’m surprised someone I know in real life hasn’t sold me out.
I have this Danny Brown thing. It’s probably even bigger than my Justin Bieber thing. But he doesn’t really text me back that much, but today he did. I was very excited. It made my day. I don’t know how he feels about me. I just love him. I think he knows that I am just creepily obsessed with him.
So, how is your relationship with Danny Brown? Are you guys like BFFs yet?
Oh my God. In my dreams, dude. He gave me his number one time and I don’t know if he knew who I was at that point or he was just like, “Oh, this girl is cute. Here, have my number.” But, I have this Danny Brown thing. It’s probably even bigger than my Justin Bieber thing . But he doesn’t really text me back that much, but today he did. I was very excited. It made my day. I don’t know how he feels about me. I just love him. I think he knows that I am just creepily obsessed with him. Maybe, he is just shy about it or maybe he is used to it. I don’t know.
What’s your crush? Why do you like that dude so much?
He is incredibly talented. He is totally my favorite rapper ever. He is just really charismatic and he is just weird and he really doesn’t fucking care about most things everybody talks about and cares about. The way that he talks, the way that he acts, the way that he does everything. I think it’s mostly his charisma.
And then, what’s it with Bieber?
[Laughs.] I don’t know. Justin Bieber is like, I never really cared about him until I saw that movie Never Say Never. And I was like, “Oh my God. This is the most inspiring thing I have ever seen in my life.” And ever since I saw how he came up I was in love with him. I was like, “Oh my God.” I cried. At the end of that movie, I was like sobbing. My brother was like, “What is the matter with you?” But, I just thought he was great. Ever since then, I have just been watching him grow up and it’s just so cute. I just want to be a part of it, but I never will.