P!nk opens up about grief, marriage and the meaning of ‘Trustfall’

To support her new album, P!nk will embark on a massive stadium tour starting in July. The tour arrives at Wrigley Field on Aug. 12.

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P!NK performs onstage at the 2023 iHeartRadio Music Awards at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California on March 27, 2023.

P!NK performs onstage at the 2023 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles. The singer headlines Wrigley Field in August.

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When you talk to P!nk, you know you’ll get honesty.

Her candidness — coupled with endearing self-deprecation and searing humor — is undiminished in the wake of the ninth album of her 23-year career, “Trustfall.”

The new release, out now, is perhaps P!nk’s most stylistically diverse creation — frisky dance-pop songs laced with a rock edge (“Never Gonna Not Dance Again,” “Runaway”) countered by introspective heart-tuggers (“When I Get There,” “Long Way to Go”). As she puts it, the new record is about “the roller coaster of life.”

P!nk, 43, also welcomes a few guests on the album: The Lumineers, First Aid Kid and previous duet partner, Chris Stapleton, on the album closer, “Just Say I’m Sorry.”

To support “Trustfall,” P!nk will embark on a massive stadium tour starting in July (tickets are currently on sale). The “Summer Carnival,” will feature Brandi Carlile, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo on certain dates. The tour arrives at Wrigley Field on Aug. 12.

She’ll stay on the road through the fall with Grouplove and KidCutUp (also joining her for the stadium jaunt) for a spate of arena shows from Oct. 12 to Nov. 18.

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When: 6:30 p.m. Aug. 12

Where: Wrigley Field, 1060 W. Addison

Tickets: Sold out

Info: ticketmaster.com

P!nk (real name Alecia Moore) talked to USA Today from her California home about how her husband, Carey Hart, and their kids Willow, 11, and Jameson, 6, influenced her new album, as well as what “Trustfall” means to her.

Q. I thought the first song on the album was going to be in the carefree vein of “Never Gonna Not Dance Again” and instead you’re reducing us all to a puddle with this sweet piano ballad, “When I Get There.” Is it an homage to your dad?

A. Yes. I lost my dad (in August 2021) and eight months later I lost someone very, very, very close to me. So within a year, I lost two of my favorite people. “When I Get There” is beautiful because it’s simple. It sort of distills down that [thought of], I wonder where you’re at and if everything’s OK. One of my favorite lines is, “You’ll watch me as I make my mistakes.”

Q. How much did the loss of your dad, coupled with the rough bout of COVID-19 you and your son endured in 2020, color this album?

A. The album was a three-year process. With the pandemic and my dad’s passing and then any time your kid is sick, it distills down what is important. And when a parent passes away, it’s like this suitcase you’re going to be unpacking the rest of your life, which also makes you think about well, who am I and who do I want to be and what’s keeping me from that? And then, what are my priorities? My priorities are to live an authentic human experience and be completely transparent about it and to love and cuddle with my kids as long as they’ll let me.

P!NK performs onstage at the 2023 iHeartRadio Music Awards at Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles. The singer headlines Wrigley Field in August.

P!NK performs onstage at the 2023 iHeartRadio Music Awards in Los Angeles. Her summer stadium tour kicks off in July in Canada.

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Q. You named the album — and a song — “Trustfall.” What is a trustfall to you in your life right now?

A. Leaving the house, dropping your kids off at school, going to work, going to the movies, going to a mall, voting in an election, having an opinion, owning a vagina. Everything feels like it requires so much trust and I feel like we’re falling backwards and we don’t know when the ground is coming. Trustfall is life to me. I just celebrated my 17th wedding anniversary, which are not words I ever thought would fall from my lips.

Q. On the flip side of that, tell me about “Hate Me.” Is that pointed at someone specifically?

A. Oh, come on! I just said I was married. [Laughs]

Q. Did you write it after a particularly bad fight?

A. Yeah, that was a bad one. “Hate Me” is sort of the female experience to me. This will be a polarizing statement, but men tend to villainize women and it’s usually the women who take care of them and take most of their [crap]. I felt in a way my father did that to me and my husband does that to me sometimes and I will not stand for it. I will not be the villain in your story. You will not be a victim around me. You will take accountability for your life and your choices and I will take accountability for mine. Can you tell I feel things really deeply? [Laughs]. Can you imagine being my husband?

Q. What was his reaction to the song?

A. That night I played him the song. We weren’t even speaking and he giggled and said, “You’re welcome.”

Read more at usatoday.com

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