I got depressed and found myself drinking to relax.’ Over lunch in a North London gastro-pub, Kate is her old, chatty self again.The singer admits she ‘went a bit crazy’ after her world tour — she would leave her flat and then rush back to fold a tea towel — but adds that friends and family helped her to cope with any obsessive-compulsive leanings.She also launched an online community for women called Girl Gang.Blonde ambition Now 29, a newly blonde dropped her new single Good Summer last month, which was hailed a return to her former electropop glory.But now I’m not always thinking about what’s best for me. We spend time apart through work, but it’s still very romantic.’ Nash is also returning to the musical fray with her second album, My Best Friend Is You.Inspired by American punk rock and classic girl groups like The Shirelles and The Supremes, it signals a significant departure from the perky, teenage pop of her debut.‘It took me months to reconnect with reality,’ she says. You get up late, have a shower, do interviews and play a gig. My home life is ordinary, and that’s how I like it.
‘I went from living at home with my parents to living out of a suitcase.‘I t’s good to educate young people about sex, but girls shouldn’t be encouraged to think of that as their main goal.I don’t like the fact that you can buy thongs for children in the High Street.’ Nash’s concern informs the new album’s most contentious track, Mansion Song.Among those to lend a hand was Ryan Jarman, of Yorkshire indie-rockers The Cribs, who has been Kate’s steady boyfriend since the pair met on Jools Holland’s music TV show, Later.‘There’s actually a photo of the first time we met,’ laughs Kate. ‘I don’t want to be too gushing about it, but I am in love! ‘I never had a proper boyfriend in my teens, and that helped to make me independent.Brit school graduate Kate burst onto the scene in 2008 as one of the My Space generation of singers.