Iggy Azalea attended a “mental retreat” to prepare herself to be back in the public eye.
In a new interview with Billboard, the Australian rapper revealed she spent two weeks at the facility in Arizona for “intensive therapy” on the advice of her management.
“They were like, ‘We think you’re really talented and you can go to the studio and make hits all day, but we don’t know if, you know, someone says something about you and you have a reaction it could ruin a branding deal,” she told the magazine.
“We need you to go and speak to these people and make sure that you’re mentally prepared to come out with new music.’ I didn’t want to go there,” she admitted.
“I didn’t like the idea of being sent away somewhere. I was pissed.”
The 27-year-old is known for her online feuds – Snoop Dogg, Nicki Minaj, Halsey and enemy-turned-collaborator (reportedly) Azealia Banks, to name a few – and post-therapy she blames a turbulent childhood for making her hostile as an adult.
“I’ve never really sat down and had an honest conversation with professional people,” she says. “It was good to say something to somebody who could give me the tools and information on how to make my life manageable when I’m feeling those things. So it was really useful — I’m glad that I went.”
The Fancy rapper plans to release a long-awaited new album Surviving The Summer this year, after her planned 2016 album Digital Distortion was scrapped.