Pink appeared on The Ellen DeGeneres Show today to breakdown her powerful speech at the VMAs and the experience of raising a resilient daughter.
Ellen DeGeneres asked her about the VMAs, where Pink told a story about her daughter’s struggle to accept herself. Pink initially humorously responded to Ellen: “My daughter was incredibly unimpressed by me.”
She then gave some more backstory to the story behind her speech: “I was driving her to school and out of the blue she said, ‘Momma,’ and I go, ‘Yeah, babe?’ And she said, ‘I’m the ugliest girl I know.’ And I was like, ‘What are you talking about? You’re incredible! I made you! You can’t say that.”
“I actually didn’t say anything because I was so speechless and I didn’t want to ‘Mom’ her and start preaching to her and not be effective at all so I just stayed quiet. I did ask, ‘Why do you think that? Did someone say that to you? What’s happening?’ And she said, ‘I look like a boy with long hair.’”
Pink continues: “And so I didn’t say anything. I didn’t know what to say and I went home and I cried and I made this Word document.”
Ellen added: “You gave examples of everyone who looks different and everyone who is powerful in the world — including yourself, selling out stadiums, and you do not try to conform to look like anyone else.”
“I will not,” Pink confirms. “I get my feelings hurt. I get my feelings hurt all the time. It hurts. It doesn’t feel good to hear mean things about yourself. If you’re human, you’re gonna hear it. If you get past the age of 12, you will at some point be heartbroken by someone else. So I’m just trying to make her more resilient.”
Pink also played a game of “Never Have I Ever” with Reese Witherspoon.