However, I clung to the safety net I had grown so attached to,” she added. For my fifth album, I was asked to make a record that would not have been true to myself.
By all means as an artist in this climate, I was thankful to even get the chance to make another record.
The last time we heard from Leona Lewis, X Factor winner turned global superstar, she was in extremis.
Coming to terms with a painful break-up last September, she wrote a letter to the world across two pages of a notebook and posted pictures of it on Twitter.
Lewis describes herself as having “highs and lows” brought on by circumstance, not a clinical illness.
In retrospect, frustrated and anxious might have been better terms to use, but she declines (and I do mean declines) to dwell on it.
So I’m writing this letter for anyone who has ever felt the same way.” “After several years, I thought about leaving over and over again.
I was terrified of walking away from a somewhat secure relationship, even though I knew that we were no longer right for each other and at times even bad for each other.
She added: ”A lot of people were telling me how to be and how to act and what to say. In August 2014, she announced her split from Simon Cowell’s Syco label and a new deal with Universal’s Island Records.Alexandra Burke is breaking all ties with her X Factor family as she attempts to resurrect her dream of pop stardom without a record deal.‘I like to let my music do the talking,’ said the 26-year-old , who is self-releasing her new tunes, such as the appropriately titled Renegade.‘Basically, any rumours that were about me I put them straight into my music,’ the singer told Guilty Pleasures.Enjoying finally being her own boss, she added: ‘This is great because it’s me doing me.It’s 100 per cent all me and not being told by A&R or anyone what to do.It’s me making all the decisions and running the ship.’ Her return coincides with fellow X Factor winner Leona Lewis’s own pop comeback, but the two won’t be comparing notes.Following the exit, Lewis penned an open letter to her fans detailing the creative differences that led to her decision.She wrote: “At some points I felt extremely depressed and other times experienced amazing highs, but it got to a place where the downs were outweighing the ups.‘I didn’t even know she was releasing,’ said Burke. It has caused major set backs to his schedule for the forthcoming series of Britain's Got Talent, which is currently in the auditions stage with co-stars Amanda Holden, David Walliams and Alesha Dixon.