Ten years ago, you couldn’t go into a club or turn on the car radio without hearing Nelly Furtado. Her infectious pop songs – notably ‘Promiscuous’ and ‘Maneater’ from her third album Loose – were honestly everywhere and no one was exempt from escaping them. Not even Furtado herself, which was wherein the problem lay, she now says.
“Fame took me by surprise,” the now 38-year-old told the Mail on Sunday. “It was too much too soon.”
And then, without warning, she seemingly disappeared from the face of the earth. No more dance tracks. No more collaborations with Timbaland. Nothing. But what caused the retreat?
"I had a nervous breakdown on stage," Furtado now explains. "I was on the Loose tour and my daughter was with me — I was being a mum and a singer on the road. I was exhausted."
"One night I went on stage and I suddenly realised how stressed-out I was. I actually cried my way through the first two songs," she explains.
Two years of touring her highly successful album and partying along the way left her burnt out and feeling unsure about her place in the world, the mum-of-one says.