As soon as I did that, I had the opportunity to adopt my first son.
So sometimes it’s not about this picture you paint about what your life is supposed to look like.
“There are always going to be people that love me and people that hate me,” she shrugs.
Is it, I wonder, frustrating to Crow that she is forever dragged back into the controversy surrounding her ex? And she said, ‘No, you’re a woman, and people always want to know what you’re wearing and what was he like.’ ” For the record, the lean, glowing Crow is dressed down in tight jeans and loose blouse.
Her hair is, by her own cheerful admission, rather like that of her great friend and mentor Stevie Nicks – in the Fleetwood Mac singer’s Seventies glory, all feathered and flouncy.
She looks great for a woman half her age, and not just because she’s fresh from a morning being filmed for Country Music Television in her property’s clapboard chapel (just next to her stables, barn, another barn, office and her recording studio).
Crow – friendly, relaxed, hospitable – pauses briefly before replying.
Or the two sons the 52-year-old adopted as a single mother seven and four years ago.
But first, there’s a boil to lance: Crow’s former fiancé, Lance Armstrong.Certainly I wouldn’t have painted in some of the experiences I’ve had, like breast cancer.But those are the experiences that have redefined my life.It was a conscious decision to make a shift away from conventional pop.Country is where I come from [she grew up in nearby Missouri], and I wanted to be part of that tradition.” Although widely respected in the music business, Crow has a more mixed public reception.“Oh, you know,” she says with a hint of a sigh, “I couldn’t talk about any of that stuff.