Iggy Azalea Poses for Tiki-Themed Photo Shoot With Complex

The rapper opens up about her wild childhood and relationship with A$AP Rocky.

Posted: 09/18/2013 12:21 PM EDT
Iggy Azalea, Complex magazine

Iggy Azalea gives a rare peek into her personal life for Complex magazine's cover story in the October/November issue. The Australian rapper poses for a playful Tiki-inspired photo shoot that's bursting with color and a vintage 1950s vibe and opens up about her childhood and what critics had to say about her relationship with A$AP Rocky.

"Blogs do voting polls: 'Do you think they're a good couple or not?' It's not a song. It's a relationship, and you're not in it, by the way. It's so sick to me," she said.

The Mullumbimby-born singer talked about what it was like growing up in a small town and being raised by hippies.

"My dad's a surfer. My mother had me when she and my dad were 19. They were hippies and built their own house. They wanted to do self-sustained living. My parents split up when I was 8 or 9 and my mom got a teaching degree and would clean houses and substitute teach. That made her a bit more straight up and down."

Her mother might have settled down, but Azalea sought the fast life from an early age, getting into fights with kids from neighboring towns, hitchhiking and getting a fake ID so she could drink at nightclubs and hangout with older guys.

"When I was 14 I used to go to the red light district called Kings Cross and go to strip clubs. We would hang out there so late that the train would stop working, and then we would walk back into the city on the sides of the road, three or four, drunk 14-year-old girls with fake IDs," she said.

The fair beauty also talked about her penchant for skin tanning until she realized that her family's history might put her at greater risk for developing skin cancer.

"In Australia they're big on having a tan and an athletic body type. I used to have a tan, but my family always had skin cancer. When I hit 15, and my grandfather started to get a lot of Shyte chopped off his face and scooped out of his body, I was like, 'Oh, s--t, everyone in my family older than 50 has skin cancer! Maybe I should stop rubbing baby oil all over myself and laying in the sun after school.'"


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(Photo: Gavin Bond/Complex Magazine, November 2013)

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