With Pink, what you see is what you get. “The theme of my life is be who you are and don’t let people intimidate you out of that,” the singer and mother of two tells SELF. “None of it is lip service or bullshit—I believe passionately the things that I say.”
If you follow Pink on Instagram, you know that’s true. In the last few months she’s made her voice heard on everything from breast feeding in public to body positivity, inspiring women everywhere along the way. Now she’s teamed up with No Kid Hungry for their annual Chef’s Cycle—a 100-mile bike race up the coast of California from May 16th to May 18th that’s aiming to raise $2 million dollars to feed over 20 million children.
Pink told us all about how she’s been training for the race and why she decided to get involved, as well as why she’s so transparent on social media and what healthy looks like for her.
“I grew up with not a lot of money and I know what it’s like to see your parents struggle,” Pink explains, “No Kid Hungry is helping lessen that struggle because it’s making sure kids get fed.”
Though it’s always been a cause she’s cared about, she feels like she needs to be more involved now that she has children of her own. “Once you have children, it’s really easy for these kinds of causes to pull at your heartstrings,” she says.
Not a lot of celebrities are as open and upfront as Pink is on social media, but she hopes she can help change that. “I like being loud about who I am and what I believe in, because I’ve always been inspired by people who are loud about who they want to be,” she explains. “If that inspires somebody else to live their life and fly their flag, then that’s awesome.”
Right now, Pink spends about five to six days a week doing circuit, strength, and cardio training sessions to prepare for the race and her upcoming shows. The fact that she had her son, Jameson, just five months ago makes her exercise routine even more amazing. It’s also made her rethink what it means to be healthy.
“Do I wish I could squeeze my butt into my leotard and hang from the rafters? Absolutely,” she says. “But that’s not a reality for me right now. That doesn’t make me less funny or mean I’m a bad person, it just means I’m not a size four right now.” Instead she focuses on how she feels. “Healthy is my goal, strong is my goal.”
Working out with your kids is all the rage and Pink is definitely into the trend. “Jameson is about 16 pounds now so he makes a really good squat weight,” she jokes. As for chasing around her five-year-old daughter, Willow, (who has a BMX track and a motorcycle) that’s a workout in its own right.
When Pink isn’t trying to keep up with Willow, they’re doing yoga together. “She started doing it on tour with me when she was two and it’s still something she really likes,” she says. Looks like when it comes to fitness, the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.