The Bed singer has flown in from LA to see if she can scoop best single at the Brits for Secrets, her collab with Regard.
Raye, 23, told Guilty Pleasures: ‘I’ve been writing with Lewis Capaldi and I’m going to be doing stuff with Tom Walker and Rag’n’Bone Man.
‘I’m going to try and do stuff with the guys. I’ve definitely been holding it down writing with the girls, but I’m ready to start exploring some new perspectives.’
Explaining why she has given music’s fellas a wide berth, she went on: ‘My little sisters are starting careers in this industry and I’m worried for them and want to make sure they have chaperones and are safe. I myself have way too many unfortunate stories that I’ve had to put up with as a woman.
‘I now only work with people I trust and I know or I have a girl with me, someone with me, or I’m not interested.’
Her experiences are going into her new album. Raye explained: ‘I’m aware that these conversations are boring to a lot of people, “You’re a woman, you’re an artist, shut up!”
‘I’m making an album and I’ve got some music on there that’s very personal and very visceral.
‘Even my label’s like, “Are you sure these are things you want to be saying?” I’m going to do it the only way I know how, and that’s through music.’
But first she is going to get mashed at next week’s Brits.
‘I don’t know what it’s going to be like, what restrictions are in place and what the vibe’s going to be,’ Raye said.
‘I think everyone’s going to go for it this year. It’s been 17 months of prison so yeah, I’m going to rage!’
Telly request that made Olly crotch-ety
Olly Alexander was once asked to change the trousers he was wearing for a TV show because bosses thought they were sinful.
Explaining why he goes out of his way to be visibly gay, the It’s A Sin star told Cosmopolitan UK: ‘There have been questions from people (not on my team) going, “That might not be appropriate”.
‘I was wearing a pair of chevron trousers on a TV show. In rehearsals, a comment came back saying, “We think the chevrons are highlighting Olly’s crotch. Does he have a different pair?”
‘We blew up and they backed down. The chevrons went on TV and nobody said a f***ing thing.’
Olly, 30, told Cosmopolitan: ‘It makes me angry. I’m a gay guy and I want people to know that, but it’s interesting to see how quickly people become uncomfortable when you want to assert your own sexuality.’
He is also impressed by Harry Styles’s eccentric fashion muscle, saying: ‘Gender-fluid fashion has been around forever, but seeing it in a more mainstream context is cool.’
Read the full interview in the June issue of Cosmopolitan, out today.
Where there’s a Lil, there’s a way to seek fame, says Nas
Lil Nas X is paranoid that guys only want to pull him as a ‘stepping stone’ to their own fame.
The Montero chart-topper, who came out two years ago, has discovered people may have an ulterior motive.
‘I’m just like, I hope this person likes me for me and isn’t trying to use me as a stepping stone,’ said the 22-year-old.
‘I’ve just got to a point where it’s like, well, even if they are [using me], that’s a lesson learned. I can’t just stop meeting people because of this fear.’
He also admitted to Entertainment Weekly that he worried about alienating straight fans with Montero’s explicit references to gay sex, but decided ‘if they feel offended, they were never really here for me’.
Royal booze Mike lost ability to talk
Royal Blood’s Mike Kerr had to relearn how to speak after blaming a booze problem for leaving him like an ‘obliterated house’.
The Trouble’s Coming rocker said: ‘I had to relearn how to go to sleep, how to talk to people. Sobriety is day one of cleaning a house that’s been obliterated.’
However, his success provided fodder for the duo’s new album Typhoons. Mike, 30, told Apple Music 1: ‘But when you see things start to turn around, that’s when you realise this is worth it.
‘For me it took the validation of certain songs, Typhoons is the moment where I was like, OK, this is going to be all right.’
Vintage Billie breaks record in No Time
Billie Eilish has broken her own Instagram record for the fastest time to gain a million likes on a picture.
The 19-year-old No Time To Die singer previously bagged the record by sharing her new blonde dye job, but her dramatic transformation for British Vogue magazine has beaten even that.
Billie’s post of the cover this week, in which she wore vintage lingerie instead of her usual baggy clothes, clocked up the milestone in under six minutes — her previous record.
Bare to the throne! Crown star Emma’s fashion shoot
It’s a royal flash from The Crown’s Emma Corrin, who posed without undies in a daring see-through blouse.
Emma, 25, wore the sheer top under double denim as part of a Miu Miu and Levis collaboration.
Her sizzling pose comes after she lit up One Direction fans this week by smooching Harry Styles in Brighton on the set of their LGBTQ drama My Policeman.
She plays the girlfriend of a beat cop who has a gay affair.
So Niall likes to treat ya, Amelia?
Niall Horan and his girlfriend Amelia Woolley needed therapy after lockdown… retail therapy that is.
Hitting the shops in London this week, professional shoe buyer Amelia wore Cons trainers for her outing with Niall, 27, while he rocked pleated cream trousers and a dark cardi.
After falling for Amelia, 24, last summer, Nice To Meet Ya singer Niall told GP: ‘Well, it’s been a good year for me. I’ve been all right…’
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