Sophie Ellis-Bextor Quotes

The NHS is a bit iffy when you sprain an ankle but when it's a high-priority issue it's fantastic. They don't mess about. They're incredibly efficient when things go wrong.

I was an only child but then my parents resettled with different partners and I am now one of six.

I never manage to get to bed early on Sunday night but this doesn't matter as I don't know one level of exhaustion from another.

I can definitely tell when mum has got money because then she likes to go shopping to spend it whereas dad is steadier and avoids splurges. I like to think I've inherited both sides.

There are a lot of people out there who lie about their age and I think it does us all a disservice. It can't all be over when you hit 30. That would be rubbish.

I would love to record something with PJ Harvey or Alison Goldfrapp.

I'm a little bit allergic to the whole brand thing to be honest but maybe it's just happening around me and I'm not really aware of it.

My little boy Sonny makes me laugh all the time. He has good comedic timing.

I'm a sucker for good black skirts and pretty little shirts and kooky tops. I have to admit that shopping satisfies my craving for immediate gratification.

I don't know why people think I'm polished - I often leave the house with buttons missing and ladders in my tights.

Some people can get away with being very sexy to men and not looking like a complete cow but I didn't think I was in a position where people knew me well enough.

Yes being educated is definitely an advantage. But having said that I've met so many people in life who haven't done very well at school but who are still really bright.

I like the influence of the macabre but I don't believe in ghosts.

I do find it a bit disconcerting when your name becomes a brand.

A lot of what inspired many musicians is celebrating differences and people relate to that - more people feel like the unpopular freaky one than the one in the in-crowd.

The X Factor' is great entertainment but it doesn't prepare people for getting chewed up and spat out by the music industry.

My parents are good role models because they've worked hard and gave me a happy childhood.

You learn that when your children are all right everything is right in the world.

You should make an effort on stage because it's a performance. The stage should be glittery and camp but I don't go down the shops in full stage gear.

There are a lots of clowns in our family - our house is a fun house.

I'm too frightened of confrontation so I will always tip - even if the service has been really shoddy.

I'm someone who has always been quite clear about what I like. In the studio I'm not a control freak but I know what I want.

Come rain or shine I walk short distances rather than taking my car.

My parents separated when I was four. It wasn't the smoothest of divorces but then as my mother always says you can't have a passionate marriage without a passionate divorce.

Turning the thermostat down is something that I do pretty reluctantly. I like to be able to walk around in whatever I fancy at home.

I've got a thing for footwear; I have about 200 pairs of shoes from all over the world.

I get really frustrated if people don't smile.

It's funny how intimate it feels to get a text.

Like my mum I sometimes buy things I shouldn't and fill my house with rubbish.

When I first started out I got criticism for the way I looked. I think now it's a good thing because why would you want to look like everyone else?

I try my hardest not to read reviews.

In real life I'm not super-posh but if that's the stereotype I really don't care. It could be worse.

Yeah I'm not really a morning person.

You have to apply yourself because you'll never get a better opportunity than the one you have right now. Having said that people know by now if they like me or not. I don't need to prove anything.

Someone had my number and they started text-stalking me. I've never replied to them. It was tempting to write back but I resisted.

But I quite like that the public has a very short attention span. If I haven't been on telly for a little bit I can sense it. People don't take as much notice of you it's really quite palpable.

I'm happy that I have a look but I don't over-analyse whether or not it's beautiful or ugly.

I had my autograph down by the age of 13. I used to sign it everywhere.

The fact that my mother was on television every week while I was young was occasionally awkward and often frustrating.

Getting up to dance to your own stuff looks pretty pretentious. And leaving the dancefloor when it comes on is just awkward.

I started my music career at 18 and for a long while I let other people handle my affairs.

I'd never really thought about it before but now you ask I can see that how my parents handled money definitely affected my relationship with it.

A good song is a good song whatever your age.

I'm all for consumer rights. I get very aggravated if I don't get a good service.

That's part of the reason I called the album 'Shoot From The Hip.' I did feel it was time to open up more.

Having a successful first album is one thing but a successful third is another.

For every person that says I'm the new Audrey Hepburn someone else says that I look like an alien.

Trust your instincts: they tend to see you right. By listening to them at least you can sleep at night.

I've been DJing a little bit so you get used to the fact that music sounds brilliant when it's loud.

Two premature babies was not a genetic thing; we were just unlucky.

I really love being in London at weekends - there's always so much to do.

But I don't like working on lyrics publicly in the studio - I prefer to take them away and work on them in my bedroom.

You need to have a life outside your career.

Being a chef would be too much hard work.

Writing songs about fancying people in dance clubs is all very well but it's not the be-all and end-all. There are other topics.

I tasted huge success with my first album and when it's happening it feels like a roller coaster you can't get off. You should be very careful about wishing for success on that scale.

It's hard to feel comfortable in your own skin when you're younger.

I must confess I knew very little about the trance scene I'm more house and commercial dance but it was really interesting and different.

I don't think that old-fashioned idea of record companies exists any more.

Now when I say Sophie Ellis-Bextor I feel that's not really me because that's become this entity from doing the gigs and the shows and the make-up contracts and whatever else.

I think there's quite a lot of cowardice in music. I don't mind if it goes wrong I just want to go for it.

I've got quite a curvy shape so I try to wear stuff that's tailored.

Everybody remembers Robbie Williams said I had a face like a satellite dish.

I'm a sucker for sad disco pop.

Dance music is great but it's not a time to be reflective or particularly wistful.

I used to be hung up on my figure but it's a waste of time. I don't believe in diets. Have four pints one night be healthy the next.

A career in entertainment has a lifespan like one in sport.

I'm always sticking up for other people.

I'm the messiest person I know.

I learned to stand up for myself at school where I was never too popular.

When it comes to my family I never quite know how protective I have to be or what I should or shouldn't say.

I don't want to sound like an old grandmother but actually it's quite nice when you get up early and then by the time it gets to 10am you're quite perky and already quite switched on.

Some people are really good at packaging themselves but that's not really me.

I'm big in Russia but no one's quite sure why.

There's so many singers you watch them and a lot of it is waving around. You don't get this feeling that they're really thinking about what they're saying.

I didn't feel so great when I was a teenager but who does?