She also says that once she had become a household name - after winning Grammys, after wrestling with Madonna on Saturday Night Live, after countless magazine covers - she felt pressured to move to the pop-culture mecca that is Los Angeles.
"I had all these number-one records, and I had sold all these albums, and it was sort of this turning point: 'Am I going to try and embrace Hollywood and assimilate to that culture?'"
Suffice to say, it wasn't for her. "I put my toe in that water, and it was a Kegel-exercise vaginal reaction where I clenched and had to retract immediately," she says in a very vivid metaphor!
"I ran furiously back to New York , to my old apartment, and I hung out with my friends, and I went to the same bars."
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