Leona Lewis has grown more confident with age because she's come out of her shell and found her voice during the last seven years in the music business.
Leona Lewis has grown more confident with age.
The 28-year-old singer insists she's not the shy young girl she was when she first auditioned for the UK version of 'The X Factor' in 2006, and feels she has grown and found her voice during her time in the music business.
She said: ''When you're younger, you have a lot of insecurities, but as you get older, luckily, they start to kind of fade away. I'm like, 'You know what? I don't care. This is me.' I'm not insecure about the things I used to be. It gives you this confidence. All I can put it down to is being older and wiser.''
The 'Bleeding Love' hitmaker, who is in a relationship with German back-up dancer Dennis Jauch, feels her confidence shows in her music, which she says is inspired by her own love life.
She added to BANG Showbiz: ''I feel like anyone who's coming from a place ... when I first started I was 20 when I put out my first record and now I'm 28, I've gone through a lot of different things - relationships, life, things happen, I've grown up as a woman. I'm definitely more confident and I'm coming from a little bit of a different place now. I hope the music has evolved and moved on.''
Leona's new album 'Christmas, with Love' is out now.
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