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Delta Goodrem’s surprising admission

Delta Goodrem’s surprising admission

Delta Goodrem has a confession make - she was 27 when she had her first alcoholic drink.

“I’d worked from such a young age that it wasn’t until my late twenties that I finally started to have my teenage years,” Goodrem told News Corp Australia yesterday.

“I had so much going on in my teens there wasn’t really the space to have a few drinks and have my friends look after me. But in my late twenties I had that period of self-discovery, things had started to get a bit much for me around that time. The lyrics mention how I was trying to numb the pain around me. It was an interesting chapter in my life.”

Goodrem made the revelation in her first book, Bridge Over Troubled Dreams, the companion piece to her new album of the same name.

Both will be released on May 14.

“One day I’d like to write an autobiography, but right now I’m happy to share my stories through music. This book is about the making of the album, the stories behind each song and what I learned while I was making. And there’s definitely parts of my life I haven’t spoken about before in this book.”

As well as a hardcover book, Goodrem has also recorded an audiobook with special acoustic versions of songs from her sixth album.

Her admission about not drinking until she was 27 is the opening line of her new single Billionaire, released today.

The album includes a song, Crash, where she talks about being born two months premature, while Dear Elton is a love letter to the musician who helped her fall back in love with the piano.

“Every record I have a different goal, this one was about being at my instrument, being the barefoot singer songwriter, going back to what is real and raw and honest, not trying to chase anything just being present in the music.”

Lyrics to Billionaire

I didn't drink till I was 27

That day I went to numb the pain inside me

The emptiness was showing

The hate around me growing

I thought I had to bury my self-worth

 

The Boulevard of Broken Dreams was building

The whiskey kept on turning into wine

Some people started asking

Oh where was all this going?

Then tried to pull the wool over my eyes

 

I've always been a lady

And that always saved me

I had to see the other side

 

My mama said, 'Go marry rich, girl'

It'll take your problems all away

But I lead life with my heart

And the world's not always fair

I'm gonna make myself that billionaire

 

I've never been impressed with money or power

Cause I thought I'd be the one to rule the world

So many men would tell me

It would be the gifts they gave me

But that just don't make them my Mr. Right

 

My name is Delta lady

You can't try to change me

I'll give you many reasons why

 

My mama said, 'Go marry rich, girl'

It'll take your problems all away

But I lead life with my heart

And the world's not always fair

I'm gonna make myself that billionaire

 

He said, 'Baby hold my hand'

I'm not your baby, understand

I'm gonna need a grown-ass man

Who takes me for who I am

 

My mama said, 'Go marry rich, girl'

It'll take your problems all away

But I lead life with my heart

Though the world's not always fair

I'm gonna make myself that billionaire

 

Shake that wannabe

You're only gonna end up lonely

He's no good you see

The real ones love unconditionally

You got to shake that wannabe

You're only gonna end up lonely