[My daughter’s father] Robert and I got over not being honest about being married. I called him and his wife and said, “We gotta be like (at the time) Ashton Kutcher, Demi Moore and Bruce Willis—on some family stuff.” They laughed, but they felt the same way.
I want to be my daughter’s best friend before she becomes an adult. She’s 10 and I’ve already had the talk with her about boys. It was a scary but beautiful conversation.
Frank Ocean came over to the house and played [his debut album, Channel Orange] before it came out. And he asked me, “What do you like the best?” I’m like, “Dude, I can’t answer. I love them all.” His music makes you think—the analogies, the stories. To be that honest and transparent and for your music to be as monumental as it is, you can only embrace it.
Sometimes you have doubts that you won’t ever get the experience [of love again]. Those thoughts haunted me for a long time. When I met [my current boyfriend] Ryan, it healed me from those negative thoughts. I really believe I can have a future with someone again. —As told to Hillary Crosley
Brandy blends starry-eyed ballads and fast tracks on her latest album, Two Eleven, currently in stores.