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Tina Campbell

Mae Muller claims being celibate for a year ‘improved’ her songwriting

Mae Muller believes that being celibate for a year made her a better songwriter.

The 26-year-old singer-songwriter, who was this year’s UK Eurovision entry, says she noticed a number of benefits after deciding to abstain.

Appearing on the latest episode of The BRIT Awards with Mastercard’s podcast The Redcarpet Treatment, Muller told host Jordan Stephens: “Okay, I had my celibate era. Like a year. So, obviously, I was like, I’m not getting much action at the moment ... and I was like, Do you know what I’m gonna do? I’m gonna lean into this.

“So I had my celibate era and through that, I was like, ‘Do you know what? I didn’t realise I was searching for that sort of validation.’ And I think a lot of my music was the opposite of that, I was kind of trying to make up for it.

“And so, going so long without... it wasn’t just, like, physical stuff, I wasn’t really talking to anyone, like, not giving any of my energy to that. And… my self-worth just went through the roof. And my standards. So now I’m like, if you’re not adding anything to my life, then stay over there.”

The London-born star, who releases her debut album Sorry I’m Late on September 29, added: “I think it did [improve my songwriting]. I think it did. Obviously, ‘Me, Myself, and I’ was sort of written in that period of time.

“And that is nice, because I listened to those lyrics and I know that I really, really meant them.”

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