British pop star Leona Lewis is neither a diva nor a train wreck and she owes it all to her family and friends, people.com reports.
“I have the advantage of a great support structure,” the singer tells Parade magazine in its June 15 issue.
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“I get honest opinions from my family and friends. They aren’t always telling me what I want to hear, but the truth helps keep my head straight.”
It’s the kind of straight talk that’s kept Lewis grounded and contributed to her squeaky clean image — unlike that of fellow British singer Amy Winehouse, who is in constant rotation in the tabloids for her behaviour.
“Amy is an amazing artist and so talented,” Lewis says when asked how a young performer manages to avoid the kind of train wreck Winehouse seems to have become. “A performer’s privacy is taken away. The media are always there. You can’t make your mistakes in private.”