Six things you didn't know about… Ella Eyre

The pop star-in-waiting tells us about hair obsessives, boarding school and her sweary teenage years



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She’s barely 20 years old, but lion-maned Brit School graduate Ella Eyre has already made serious waves since appearing on Rudimental’s chart-topping D&B banger ‘Waiting All Night’. Now she’s gearing up to release her debut album – but not before we uncover some little known facts about her rise to fame…

1. Her hair has its own Twitter account.
‘It’s a fan page called @EllasCurls and they’ve got this ability to find pictures of me that I didn’t even know existed. But they’re great – it’s a really sweet account.’

2. Eyre isn’t her real surname.

‘McMahon isn’t the most glamorous name in the world, and people can’t spell it. Eyre is supposedly a family name down the line, but my nan died before she could tell me where.’

3. She’s really bad at recognising incredibly famous musicians.

‘I was in the kitchen at my friend’s studio, and these guys were having a debate and I invited myself into the conversation. When we went upstairs my friend said, “You do realise that was Damon Albarn?” I definitely wouldn’t have been as calm and collected if I’d known!’

4. If she ever forgets where she’s been, she can just check Twitter.

‘I was in Selfridges the other day and when I looked on Twitter in the car home, there were about ten pictures of me behind clothes racks. It’s getting quite daunting, because I didn’t realise that people know who I am.’

5. She was writing motherfucking songs at the motherfucking age of motherfucking 17.

‘Everything on the record is a true experience I’ve had over the last three years. There’s a song called “Come Back”, which is fun and quite sweary. It’s got the word “motherfucker” on it. That’s how I know I was 17 when I wrote it: I used to say that word a lot. I don’t any more!’

6. She misses her mum (awww).

‘One of my favourite songs on my album is called “Home”. I’ve noticed that there are lots of artists with a song called “Home” and it’s nice because it’s somebody’s rendition of what home means to them. I wrote mine about when I went to boarding school, and as much as I loved being away – I’m a really independent person – I always find myself needing my mum like anybody else.’

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Ella Eyre

Like Sam Smith and John Newman, 20-year-old Brit School alumna Ella Eyre has been catapulted from a guest spot with one of the stars of 2013 (in Eyre's case, Rudimental's 'Home' album) to the British urban pop big league. Since then she's sung with Naughty Boy and Wiz Khalifa, Tinie Tempah for

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