You've never written a lyric and thought, "That's too personal. I can't keep that"?
No. Because I'm just writing what I feel, and I really don't think I've done anything wrong that I need to hide. The biggest thing, and I don't even like to bring it up, is my children — you know, you've gotta protect them. I have people that are affected by what I do, what I say, and that would be the one place where it gets complicated. But being honest and truthful — I just believe that's the best way to be.
This is the part of the interview where I have to ask you about Blake Shelton.
But I have a real question! As you've described it, you went to some dark places with this album as a form of catharsis, to get over a breakup. But judging from your social media, you look to be happy and in a new relationship. Is it as easy to find inspiration and creativity in the joy of a new relationship as it is in the pain of an old one?
I think that's what's so magical about the album: It starts off angry, sad, mad and quite sarcastic — and then really does take a huge change, to hope. People always want to say, "How do you evolve as a musician?" The biggest evolution is to write. It's so great to write a record that's mainly about being happy, and that's something new for me.