Anne-Marie talks about coping with pandemic, upcoming album

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 10) Everyone, including British singer-songwriter Anne-Marie, had to adjust to the rapid and difficult changes brought by the pandemic when it struck last year.

"I just wasn't used to being still (because) I was always on tour, always in another place. And then it was all of a sudden no you can't do that, you can't do live shows, you can't do anything," the pop star told CNN Philippines' New Day in a taped interview that aired on Thursday.

"So, it was really hard, and I struggled so much," she recalled.

To help herself get through the trying times, the artist sought support from a mental health professional, did things she has not done in so long because she was busy with her music career, including growing vegetables, doing jigsaw puzzles, knitting, and watching TV. But the highlight of it all was making new music.

'Therapy'

Anne-Marie is set to release her second album 'Therapy' next month which she said was inspired by how her mental health treatment changed her life.

"It is all a bit of a mixture of emotions in the album, explaining how I feel and what I have learned about myself," she said.

"I have always struggled with anxiety and all of this stuff. And since being faced with it in the pandemic and forced to be on my own, and deal with it I have finally become okay with being on my own and who I am," she added.

The album will feature Anne-Marie's collaborations with other artists including Niall James Horan, a former member of boy band One Direction. Anne-Marie teamed up with Horan in the heartbreak recovery track 'Our Song', which is now available on various platforms, including Spotify.

Anne-Marie is known for her hit songs "2002" and "Perfect."