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January 30th, 2012
04:56 PM ET

Tori Amos on 'stepping into her grace'

Singer/songwriter Tori Amos sits down to chat with Brooke about embracing the fact that she's older.  20 years have passed since the release of her debut album 'Little Earthquakes', but Amos says she no longer feels the pressure to keep up with the young girls.  She explains that she sees herself as a 'classic car', and that while women her age may not be perfect cosmetically, they have much more to offer in other areas.  She even has some advice on the subject for Brooke!

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  1. Bruno

    How can you not love her after this?

    January 30, 2012 at 6:25 pm |
  2. Jennamoore

    She's had lots of plastic surgery for not caring lol!

    January 31, 2012 at 11:21 am |
  3. Patrick

    I'm so glad this coverage happened on CNN. The new album Night of Hunters is absolutely brilliant, and I was so happy to catch some live concert footage. What a great, ever-changing but ever-constant artist she is.

    Jennamoore - obviously she does care, and obviously plastic surgery has been part of her coping (many women, if they have the money / access, will take this option to stay 'younger' longer). She has had to learn to step away from it, to not try to preserve her youth. I think the whole album "American Doll Posse" shows her cathartic desire to barbie-doll herself and become other people (older and younger). But she's a deeply thoughtful and caring individual, and she's learning to move past that. She's stepping into grace, maybe you should try *having* a little grace. Insensitivity is not becoming of anyone, man or woman.

    January 31, 2012 at 11:35 am |
  4. CIndi

    Tori is awesome and yes, she has had some surgery. It sounded to me like she's done trying to keep up with the 20-somethings and has now embraced herself as she is. It takes a bit of trial and error before we get to a place where we as women can say that it's okay that we're getting older and looking older too. I'm not there yet. My mother's not there yet. I'm sooo glad Tor is there. She's still such a beautiful person and I'm glad she's seeing that as well.

    January 31, 2012 at 11:39 am |
  5. Hannah

    I received Little Earthquakes as a gift when I was a teenager. I had no idea who she was, but I fell in love when I listened to the album. This was a great interview, but I'm confused: "Step into your grace." Was that something she realized after getting all of the work done on her face? :-(

    January 31, 2012 at 11:42 am |
  6. Timothy

    Brooke,

    I have been obsessing over The Jezabells. Their song "Hurt Me" is so very beautiful and their poppy, dance track Disco Biscuit Love" is really catchy.

    Love the interview you had with Tori.

    Thanks!
    Timothy

    January 31, 2012 at 11:48 am |
  7. Joyce

    I absolutely adore Tori Amos! Of course she will always be beautiful at any age.

    January 31, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
  8. A. Lee

    I absolutely love her! She is funny and beautiful, what a great combination. I look forward to listening to her music for many years to come.

    January 31, 2012 at 1:33 pm |
  9. Breeda Kennedy

    Great interview despite being so brief. Amazingly and happily, Brooke,( kudos!) did not, as so many other interviewers do, 'twee' her comments or questions when talking to Tori but treated herand her career with the respect that her career deserves. "Step into your grace" indeed. Tori, you have it, never question it or your power to hold us, transfix and enthrall your audience with your talent, skills and beauty.

    January 31, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  10. monique

    she seems to lie a bit: i always loved her en she was such a pure woman, but now she lookes like a doll with her face full of botx. i guess afraid for aging!!

    February 1, 2012 at 1:57 am |
  11. Helena Handbasket

    It's sad that she's so vain that she destroyed her face with botox. I used to admire her, but now she's just freakish.

    February 1, 2012 at 10:54 am |
  12. Tomas

    Maybe her advice about stepping into grace has something to do with her NOT stepping into hers? It's obvious that she has had work done on her face, and I can't imagine that she finds that "stepping into grace"???

    February 2, 2012 at 12:34 am |
  13. Brandon

    I've been following Tori for about 12 years now. Time sure DOES fly. Whether you "step into grace" or step into "Grace": the plastic surgeon's office – there's NO denying that this woman is PHENOMENAL.

    February 3, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
  14. Frankie

    I had a dream last night that Tori was offered to write some film music and they wanted her to change the whole beginning because one person didn't like it. I suggested to give it to a wider audience to listen and then make a decision if changes were necessary. Tori was very nice but it was just a dream :(
    I like her advice on age and admire her for that.

    February 5, 2012 at 6:29 am |
  15. Phillip Owen

    That is all you all have to say is how much work she has done? Silly people! Who cares she is simply awesome and if she had any work done it was minimal. Remember she may read your remarks. If cant say anything nice don't say anything at all!

    February 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  16. Brittny

    Great interview! Tori always has such wise insightful things to say. It sounded to me that the wisdom about stepping into her grace was hard earned. It seemed like maybe Tori bowed to insecurity about aging and industry pressure and was urging Brooke not to do the same. I think she looks much better than she has in the past. I hope that from now on she continues to grow old gracefully and produce amazing music like she always has. Can't wait for the Light Princess!

    February 14, 2012 at 3:41 am |
  17. Orkidos

    Her leather is not tore! She had horrible plastic surgeries, she didn't "step into her own grace". That is sad. As I musician I do love her, and I will always be an EWF. But I really thought Tori would be way above shallow thinking... she used to be gorgeous.

    February 20, 2012 at 1:27 am |
  18. SoundOutLoud

    Tori forgot to mention one thing with regard to her classic car analogy. She mentioned several aspects of the car, but forgot to mention what matters the most. What's under the hood!

    February 22, 2012 at 8:26 pm |
  19. Vanessa

    Tori Amos is an amazing woman who has held her own for more years than many artists out there. Why? Because she is a musician – not an entertainer, a musician. I think the constant bashing of her looks is such a gut wrenching shame. It makes me sick.

    She is beautiful. She is older, get a grip. None of us will be 25 forever. But we will get better, especially on the inside, if we grow and learn. That is what getting older and wiser is all about.

    I am 36 years old, and I am just starting to notice that there is a massive shift in your looks that happens as you age, that you have no control over. I am just starting the see glimmers of it in myself – and I see it in my friends in their late 40's, 50's and 60's.

    Your face changes – regardless of work done or not done – it changes a lot. It literally shifts. It is a surreal change, aging. But it is part of aging, no doubt about it. Your faces shifts and moves – as does your body. It is so easy to be critical when you are gorgeous and 25. Or when you are any age and shallow. Or even, when you are the type of man who expects women to be youthful fresh goddesses forever, despite what they themselves look like.

    Why are we so easy to judge?

    I can not imagine what it must be like for a completely evolved and talented woman like Tori – to even have to hear a smidgen of comments about her looks. It must disgust her. It would me. Especially becasue she "is" lovely.

    She is wprth so much more than that. We all are.

    Of course she feels pressure to look wonderful – look at the criticism. My goodness. Ridiculous.

    I see it in forums everywhere over and over and over, this hating phenomenon. An age of uploading unfavorable photos and more. It is just unbelievable awful on ever level.

    Don't forget -Tori is the music. Period. Her looks are bonus – but the music comes first.

    Look at yourself in the mirror before you go around hating on everyone, please.

    Everyone is worth more than the outside. The outside it your case – the inside is what is crucial. And, Tori does not deserve that bashing. Just the way that no one else does either.

    Tori Amos gives her listeners a gift. A gift! And some folks turn around and go, thanks for the gift but I don't like how you look? Are you kidding me?

    She looks amazing, and deserves a world of respect.

    People change, songs change, life changes. We all change. You will change too. And, when we can look inside and realize that happening within ourselves – then perhaps the easy criticism of others might slow down.

    Don't forget, Tori shares all this with us – and she has a massive jaw problem too, which she suffers with. Yet she forges on.

    I am not just defending Tori – I am trying to tell you all – just wait – wait and see what happens as you too age. Stepping into your grace means accepting who you are. Surgical work or not. You still have to accept who you are, and love yourself, and move forward despite the expectations of society. It is being okay with you. And in the end, you really only have yourself.

    Tori is amazing, to call her talented doesn't really do her any justice. I for one, can never thank her enough for the gift of her music which has been a huge part of my life since 1992. Sure, I don't adore each and every song – but I still admire her. Don't you?

    It is about the music. The music! And she gifts that in spades...

    February 27, 2012 at 12:07 pm |
  20. Scott Anderson

    Thank you, Vanessa, for your heartfelt comments about Tori. I echo your sentiments. I have been blessed with her gifts of music for over 20 years now, and it was never about her "looks", it was only about the sonic landscapes she revealed to me. Tori, you are a special person, and I hope you never stop channeling your spirit to the world.

    February 27, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  21. alex cassidy

    Tori Amos is a real talented musician who was able to make it in a world where there is so much manufactured entertainment. Her music is from the heart & good for her for still playing after all these years. When I was younger I used to love going to her shows & once her body guard gave me a front row ticket! I still have her music in my itunes & she is still one of my favorite musicians of all time, even if I'm not a teenager lining up to buy cd's anymore! :) So what she got a face lift people! Have you ever dyed your hair? Used a biore strip? Wore some clothes you felt like made you look cool? Its all the same thing.... We all just want to look good. Its not easy for women in entertainment. They get a lot of pressure from the business to look a certain way. Celebrities do sign onto the internet to read what people are writing about them, so play nice and leave her alone. You try working in the music business for over 30 years & still filling all the seats at shows! Its not easy to do what she does..... She was pretty then, and she's pretty now.

    March 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  22. Vanessa Valencia

    Scott, I am so glad we feel the same Tori vibe. And, that we both get the "respect" and immense value in the gifts of her music. I agree, the sonic landscapes she reveals are otherworldly. Even today, as I have grown up myself, and find myself searching for music out there to accompany my work as an artist (painter etc), I seem to always find myself back at the same place. That one truly magical place – within the many songs of Tori. Sneaking inside of the notes, feeling them, as I go into my own world of creating. Still, after thousands of plays, I find secrets within her songs.... Amazing. It goes right back to the endless gifts...

    March 5, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  23. james matherson

    i totally adore tori, shes a woman on a journey and the minor surgery she has had is part of that, i felt she slightly regretted having that surgery and is saying that by stating you should step into your grace instead of avoiding it by keeping up with those that are younger. i think she looks amazing and will continue to sound amazing into her 90's!

    March 18, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
  24. warmlittlediamond

    Ah, Tori. I love her! Obviously she's had the plastics, but I think she's done; it seems this is her "stepping into grace" confession. Tori fans know she never gives a full answer; she allows us to figure it out for ourselves. I do miss the Tori of the 80s-90s. But, we all change and evolve – I just still so miss her music and lyrics of then. Ugh.

    April 5, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  25. Llynn Cohen

    Hey, I've loved this lady since I was a 20something in Wyoming. Amazing. She gets all of it. She knows the beauty and absurdity of life. Tori, thanks. Thanks for seeing me when I was a crazy lonely kid and thanks for seeing me when I'm an older lady and life doesn't get a bit easier...not a bit. Love to you. You make me feel less alone and always have. -L

    April 28, 2012 at 3:09 am |
  26. ananana

    IF she's going to give advice on aging gracefully she should admit her surgeries and talk realistically about her experiences. Otherwise I have no interest in the advice of a hypocrite, however talented. It's sad to see her as weak. Giving advice seems like a way to make herself feel like she's an example for women when she is not. (As far as beauty and "stepping into grace" goes. She is still an example as a successful musician). It honestly is a disappointment. All of the women her age that I know that actually look great have not resorted to surgery, but a healthy lifestyle, good style, and great attitude. They are my inspirations. It's shocking she is not one of them, but there are few in the celebrity world. It's sad that with all the support in the world, she still felt old and ugly enough to get blasted with botox all over her face. Tori, just let it be, you will look WAY better. It's your distorted imagination telling you you look better.

    May 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  27. ananana

    She does not look like someone who experimented with surgery and has regrets. Her forehead is full of botox NOW. Ladies, don't use her as an inspiration for your own confidence. Find others, they always look better than the plastic masks, always...

    May 2, 2012 at 1:25 pm |
  28. Nancy

    Not only is it botox, but she's also wearing a wig. I think staying true to yourself means the persona you show the world every day isn't a costume. At least Lady Gaga, sent out a Tweet sans makeup and fixed hair, so we know the real her.

    Look at Sheryl Crow and Emmylous Harris (older than Tori), Shirley Manson, Bjork, etc. They better epitomize acceptance of aging.

    June 11, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
  29. Voodoopixie

    Love the Tori interview
    She is just amazing
    The new album is going to be great
    My life has gotten so much better with her music and the kind words she has for all of us
    Who have been lucky enough to meet her
    Thank you tori and keep on rockin

    August 31, 2012 at 9:54 pm |
  30. jamrock

    i'm from jamaica and i love tori amos. wish i could meet here one day.

    September 28, 2012 at 8:59 pm |
  31. Salamander

    Tori, as your fan I don't expect you to compete with 20-somethings. Their music never got me through the death of my father, or struggles with my marriage and self. Yours did. Please slow down and enjoy your "middle years"; we will ALL succomb to them...

    November 12, 2013 at 9:52 am |
  32. Brian Vera

    If you are hung up on her changes physically, you are missing the point and not a fan at all in my opinion. Save it for your shallow brethren and move along

    November 20, 2013 at 5:23 am |
  33. personal training Long Island

    Tori Amos is amazing! So nice to see women excepting who they are at any age. We need more women like this!

    January 13, 2014 at 3:25 pm |
  34. Steve

    Avoid anything that has any carving or intricate details on it. You can get several nice items this way at a fraction of the original price. Clean, unscented facial tissues, paper towels or soft white toilet paper will do.

    March 16, 2014 at 1:44 pm |

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