Pink: ‘I kind of feel like we were walking around with this low-level trauma’

Pink – real name: Alecia Moore – has a new album, a new upcoming tour and a new outlook on life. She’s 43 years old now and a mother of two children. She covers the latest issue of Women’s Health to talk about love, loss, mental health and physical health. She honestly sounds like she’s only now coming out of a particularly brutal era – she lost her father a few years ago, she lost loved ones to Covid and cancer, and her body was so banged up, she needed surgery. Her new album is called Trustfall and the songs are about a lot of this.

Her image as the “snarling, man-eating, righteous person”: “I was the perfect person to take all of that flak. I have very thick skin. I do what I want. I can handle criticism; it doesn’t move my needle. It hurts my feelings, I guess—or it used to. But it doesn’t change my actions.”

She left LA for Santa Barbara after she hated her daughter’s nursery school applications: She ended up placing Willow in a school that was “outdoorsy and muddy.” The country has been good for her family: Willow, now 11; Jameson, who is 6; and her husband, former motocross racer Carey Hart. She considers the ocean and the woods healing. She knows not everyone gets the option to leave a place that isn’t working for them, and she feels lucky. “In my career, I’m around so many people with so much energy directed at meand I also make noise for a living. So it’s important for my mental health to unplug and be in nature.”

She spent three years making Trustfall: “I had time, because of a worldwide pandemic, so I went really, really slowly. I was able to take more chances. COVID slowed down life in a ‘what matters’ kind of way for me. Now all I want is to put things in the world that are meaningful and see my kids grow up.”

Dealing with loss, trauma, Covid & MAGA politics: “I kind of feel like we were walking around with this low-level trauma that some of us were aware of and some of us weren’t.”

Her workouts: On tour, she works out three times a day—once in the morning, once in the afternoon, and “two hours of pure, psychotic cardio at night” onstage. The workouts invigorate her. “I have so much energy.” Back in Southern California on her farm, P!nk works out every day—a diligence she credits to growing up in a military family and competing in gymnastics. “I like being strong. I identify with my core, my intuition, and my strength. I have wide, big feet, and I joke, ‘The better to kick you with.’ I’m short, close to the ground, fast, and agile.”

She was exhausted last year: She was coming off hip and double disc replacement surgery in her back. She’d eaten a lot of sourdough during the pandemic, and her joints responded poorly to the weight gain. “I was probably a bit depressed from all of the loss and I couldn’t lose weight to save my life. I would work out three hours a day, eat clean, and my metabolism was a dud—I couldn’t get anything started. And I was like, ‘I’m exhausted, I’m sad, I haven’t been away from my family for three years—not even overnight. And I just need a minute.’”

The gift she gave herself: P!nk signed up for a two-week program at SHA Wellness Clinic in Alicante, Spain, where she adhered to the Kushi diet—an anti-inflammatory plan rich in vegetables, beans, and whole grains. Before every meal, she drank apple cider vinegar mixed with water, and she refrained from drinking while eating. The thinking, according to the regimen, is that the body absorbs nutrients more effectively and feels sated if liquid doesn’t interfere. “It was the longest I’ve ever been away from my kids, and the biggest gift I’ve ever given myself. I did it for me, which in turn would be for them.” The shift she felt after her time at SHA was due to more than nutrition. “I got rest. I wasn’t getting rest before. I slept in a bed by myself for the first time in 11 years. I had time to meditate and cry and journal.”

[From Women’s Health]

Society is so judgy about moms taking time for themselves, or prioritizing their own health above other people’s health, but I hope more women learn to do what Pink did. Not specifically checking into this clinic, but knowing that they can take some time away and get some rest and heal their bodies and minds. While the diet sounds meh, just the fact that she got some sleep and slept in a bed alone was probably amazing. And really… it doesn’t surprise me that she suddenly has some difficulty losing weight or keeping it off. She had just had major surgery, and… well, girl, welcome to your 40s.

Cover & IG courtesy of Women’s Health.

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  1. girl_ninja says:

    It’s sad to see the loss she’s dealt with and it’s good that she’s healing and has work she believes in. I used to love Pink but the last several years are a no for me.

  2. She is right about the trauma. Covid and maga have done much damage.

    • Christine says:

      I agree. She’s spot on about this.

    • The Recluse says:

      She got that right!
      We’re all carrying around all sorts of trauma from the last few years. it’s like we’ve been under siege all this time and it’s hard to not go around with a bunker mentality.

      • otaku fairy says:

        “We’re all carrying around all sorts of trauma from the last few years. it’s like we’ve been under siege all this time and it’s hard to not go around with a bunker mentality.” Well said. Seeing that set of behaviors/beliefs rewarded on that scale was hard on people. Along with the worrying about what was going to happen, it brought back names and faces of people who have suffered or lost their lives because of these issues over the years.

  3. tealily says:

    I wish I could just take off and go rest somewhere. I feel like we all need that!

  4. HeyKay says:

    Low level trauma is right for many of us.
    Personally, I feel like the US has been going to crap ever since Pres. Obama left office.
    Damn near everyone I know IRL has started on A/D myself included.
    Cancer, chronic illness, death of loved ones, C19, money problems, worry/anxiety all happening to me and many others.
    Just keep trying to get the basics covered and keep hoping things get a little easier.

    I like Pink, plenty of talent. More power to all of us in the future. 👍

  5. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    She looks soooooo good.

    • Angie H says:

      I’m not even a mom & I felt this (tho I have grad students I care about). I no longer apologize for taking time for myself bc I need it to take care of others. “‘I’m exhausted, I’m sad, I haven’t been away from my family for three years—not even overnight. And I just need a minute.’”

  6. Lululu says:

    It’s so hard to get away as a mom. It’s not just hard in terms of scheduling and logistics and finances and all those things, it’s hard to just walk away and unplug and not keep going through the motions mentally even though you aren’t even there. And so many dads take this time away but don’t make it easy or even possible for moms. It’s very unbalanced in America. I’m so glad Pink talked about getting away. I adore her.

  7. mel says:

    If you’re as active as she is she probably wasn’t eating enough tbh. I’m surprised a trainer didn’t modify her diet.

    If you work out that much your metabolism will slow down if you don’t fuel it enough. Like stoking a fire…you need to feed it. And probably up protein.

    Anyway, also, gain a bit of weight! Sometimes the body needs a bit of time with more fat.

  8. j.ferber says:

    HeyKay, totally agree to all you said. Going through very heavy stuff now myself. So true that after Obama left this whole country went to hell for a looooong period of time and it’s still not over (love Biden, but it’s still not over).