Through this album, I wanted to give back positivity and energy to all my fans. So this is why the teaser and everything contained that strong vibe!
What was the most strenuous, but also the most enjoyable, part of making your solo album?
There wasn’t anything particularly difficult. Unlike working with a group, I have to fill up the stage by myself this time. The performance lasts for three minutes, and it can shine only when you maintain your own energy and power. I therefore tried harder to manage my physical strength and health with the thought of, “If you’re going to do it, do it right!” I worked out every day and did Pilates steadily to keep in shape and gain strength. It definitely helped a lot.
How many songs did you listen to and demo before deciding these two tracks were the right sounds for you?
I didn’t choose just two songs from the beginning. I came out with two songs because I liked them the most. When I heard them for the first time, I thought they were mine!
You’ve become instantly recognizable across the world, and very much in demand. How do you ground yourself and keep a clear mind?
I always try to think positively. Even if I’m stressed out, I cheer up by looking at our cats and thinking about Blinks!
You’re known within fashion and music circles as a style icon, but what are you most comfortable wearing?
I usually wear cropped tops and sweatpants. It’s a perfect look to practice dancing in. And I also like vintage styles, as well as pretty necklaces and accessories.
Being a globally successful performer brings with it its own set of demands and pressures. How do you overcome any unwanted feelings that might creep into your mind?
I’m always happy with my lovely family and friends—my [real] family, who has always given me love and support, and my other family, the Blackpink members. And also my fans, Blinks! These are the people encouraging me to work harder every time.
This interview has been edited and condensed for clarity.