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Kelis reflects on quitting dream job to provide for family

ShowbizBy Sunday World
Kelis reflects on quitting dream job to provide for family

Kelis found it "heartbreaking" when she realised she wouldn't be able to support her family by working as a chef.

The 'Milkshake' singer split up with her first husband Nas - with whom she has six-year-old son Knight - in 2009 and decided to pursue a career in cooking, but she soon came to find that she would have to return to singing in order to provide for her child.

The 36-year-old beauty - who now also has nine-month-old son Sheperd with husband Michael Mora - said: "Everything turned upside down and I didn't know how to support myself through food yet, so I had to go back to what I knew, which was music. And it was kind of heartbreaking - I couldn't even bear to watch any cooking shows."

However, now seven years later Kelis is about to open her first pop-up London eatery and has teamed up with chef duo Le Bun's Andy Taylor to write a new menu aimed at British diners and admits her life is "totally different" now.

Talking about the two different careers, Kelis told the Guardian newspaper: "It is totally different. I really do feel that music is a very selfish thing. I've always made music very specifically for myself. The fact that it has been a success for me is really God-given because I could not care less what people like.

"There's also something aggressive about music - it attacks your ears even when you don't want to listen - whereas food is the total opposite. Food is a choice and I think because of that, there's a certain level of respect that has to go into it."

Meanwhile, Kelis admitted that being signed to a record label felt like an "arranged marriage" that she "hated".

She said: "Cooking school revolutionised everything in my life.

I had spent four years tied to a label I hated, which was like an arranged marriage. I felt exhausted, under-appreciated and really disrespected and it sucked. And then all of a sudden, I realised I could walk away from music and my life won't shatter."