Pink Shares the Story Behind Her Epic VMA Speech About Her Daughter

It was all about making her kid more resilient and stronger.

Remember the empowering speech Pink made at the VMAs last month about self-acceptance? The one in which she shared the anecdote about her 6-year-old daughter Willow saying she felt like the "ugliest girl in the world" because she looks like a boy with long hair?

The mom of two—who also has an 8-month-old son named Jameson with husband Carey Hart—then explained to the audience that she decided to handle the situation by showing her daughter a Powerpoint presentation of androgynous artists like David Bowie and Janis Joplin who may have been misunderstood, but whose influence was nevertheless incredibly powerful.

Pretty brilliant. Yesterday, the singer stopped by The Ellen DeGeneres Show to give us all a little more insight into the reason she felt so strongly about getting that inspiring "live your truth" message across in the first place.

"It doesn't feel good to hear mean things about yourself," Pink told Ellen. "But if you're human you're going to hear it. If you're past the age of 12, you will at some point be heartbroken by someone else. So, I'm just trying to make her more resilient."

Way to go, mama!

Pink also had a thing or two to say about the negativity that sometimes surrounds women who breastfeed in public.

"Strong opinions about things that don't affect their life at all," Pink offered. "I'm feeding my kid. Would you rather him scream? Because he's very capable of that, too."

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Preach! Ellen then gifted the mom of 2 with a breast pump, before launching into a hilarious game of "Never Have I Ever" with both Pink and Reese Witherspoon, in which the singer copped to going to topless at the beach and snooping through her husband's phone.


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Hollee Actman Becker is a freelance writer, blogger, and mom of two who writes about parenting and pop culture. Check out her website for more, and then follow her on Instagram


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