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AP: Were you in therapy for a specific reason?
Monae: All around. I find it very helpful. It helps with my songwriting because once I am talking to somebody and I'm getting it out and it's not in my head, I'm able to just write it out.
AP: How long have you been in therapy?
Monae: Since I was a 1-year-old I've had a therapist, someone to talk to. They might have not been certified, but I've always talked and been very open about where I am in my life.
AP: What was it like to work with Prince?
Monae: It was very organic. Prince ... reached out to me when I released "Metropolis" ... and I was doing that almost independently. He and I have been friends ever since and he's always respected me as a businesswoman and he thought it was great that Puffy wasn't telling me what to do and that I was in control of my creativity. And he always said, "If you ever need anything, I'm always here."
AP: You're sticking to your black-and-white fashion style, but your hair is straight in the "Dance Apocalyptic" music video. What happened?
Monae: That wasn't me. That was probably Electric Lady 57821. Lots of clones.
AP: Why did you decide to make "Q.U.E.E.N." the first single?
Monae: Erykah Badu and I talk often, and we wanted to create an anthem for the marginalized. Women, gays, lesbians, the ex-communicated, the untouchable, immigrants.
AP: Are you in the "Q.U.E.E.N." video?
Monae: Only on half of the video. The rap part. I have clones.
AP: How many clones do you have?
Monae: I can't tell you, but that definitely wasn't me.
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