With song titles like “Bubblegum Bitch”, “Primadonna”, “Lies”, “Homewrecker”, and “How to be a Heartbreaker” on her recently released Electra Heart, one might wonder whether Marina Diamandis, aka Marina and the Diamonds, is trying to tell us something about her role in her relationships. In the midst of talking about her her songwriting process on the new album and bla bla bla, I asked the pop star about her personal life while she was paging through tabloids in a hotel in Ireland. Apparently there’s a man out there who didn’t return her love, which is literally the most unbelievable thing I’ve heard in a long time.
Anything juicy about you in the tabloids you’re looking at?
Nothing, nothing. I’m not really tabloid fodder. Well, I mean, I get a few paps now and again, but it’s not like there are paps outside my house.
What’s with all the titles on your album? Are those words you’d use to describe yourself? Are you a homewrecker and a heartbreaker?
No. And yes. I feel like I can relate to them to write songs about them. But I feel, I don’t know, maybe it’s part of my personality, but also a way in which I can say—this is so weak and vulnerable—but if you take on the role of the heartbreaker, someone who doesn’t need anybody, you shift into a role of power. In your fantasy artist land that’s the deal.
Are you any good at being in relationships?
The only time I was ever in love it was a very explosive relationship. The other time was like very much unrequited love, and it’s what this album was kind of featured around. I’m okay at relationships. They’re usually easier if I’m not in love.
Wait, wait, you were in unrequited love with someone? Was he insane?
I hate him. He was someone in a position of, like…I don’t want to say too much. He could basically have anybody. He was also a really weird person. I wouldn’t say the album’s about him, but he opened a lot of questions in my head, about what you consider a relationship to be.