Walking into Chelsea Piers’ 23,000-square-foot gymnastics center in Manhattan, you’d think SZA was a world-class athlete. Dressed in a custom, rainbow-colored two-piece and matching socks that her friend made using scraps of Coogi fabric, she’s bouncing up and down on an in-floor trampoline, bending her knees before she executes a backflip several feet in the air. On another jump, she does a nearly flawless side split. “Gymnastics is my guilty pleasure,” says SZA, who practiced the sport for 13 years and considered training for the Olympics. Underneath a thick pillow of hair, her eyes beam with excitement. “I’m obsessed.”

SZA (real name Solána Rowe) isn’t a gymnast, of course. The 26-year-old is a singer known for her chilly, raspy vocal style, which first caught the attention of Terrence “Punch” Henderson, co-president of record label Top Dawg Entertainment (also home to Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q, and others) in 2011. After a string of acclaimed EPs, she has an as-yet-untitled debut album, shaped by a string of personal tragedies and revelations, coming at the top of 2017. She has also written standout songs for Rihanna (“Consideration,” which she sings on as well) and Beyoncé (the Nicki Minaj collaboration “Feeling Myself”). Her career is undoubtedly on the rise—but how much longer she’ll continue it is up in the air.

This past October, SZA tweeted, “I actually quit. @iamstillpunch can release my album if he ever feels like it. Y’all be blessed.” She deleted the cryptic message later that day, but not before it was picked up by several media outlets. The headline at Vibe, for example, asked: “Did SZA Quit Music for Good?” Understandably, speculation that she had beef with her label ran rampant.

“I’ll probably just do something different, something visual, probably film,” she says with a shrug a week after the incident. “I’m really frustrated, and I’m kind of over it. I have a lot of anxiety and there’s a lot going on in my life.”

She clarifies her relationship with TDE further, insisting that rumors of a rift were overblown: “Me and Punch never get along—that’s every day,” she says, likening their relationship to that of any close-knit family. “They call me one of the homies. We’re all different, and that was hard to understand [at first] because they’re tough-love people and hard to read, but I dig it now. I don’t have any issues with my label. My label has been nothing but supportive of everything I’ve wanted to do.” (Punch declined to comment about their rumored beef.)

But what about quitting music? “I mean…” She trails off.

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