Delta Goodrem is thankful for the backlash she received this year during her time as a coach on The Voice.
The 27-year-old singer was a victim of criticism on social media and in the mainstream press throughout Nine's smash-hit reality talent search, with many people commenting that she was “too nice”, didn’t have an opinion and was leading her contestants down the wrong path.
But Goodrem, right, tells AAA her experience on The Voice, whether positive or negative, has helped make her a stronger woman and has fuelled her creative fire.
"I did a lot of growing this year. I made a lot of mistakes. I learnt a lot. I felt like I could have done this better — or that. I am learning as I am going," Goodrem said.
"In the moment (during The Voice), it felt like a never-ending storm... it was intense. I am not going to lie, it was hard. I tried my best to keep my head up and do the best job I could for my artists. I came away going, no one can tell me who I am — I know who I am."
She said no matter what people said about her, her heart was always in the right place. "My heart has the best intentions and I love music... so I don’t need anyone to put that on me again and I feel very differently right now. My fire has been reignited and I feel strength."
Goodrem said the negativity she received was something she hadn’t experienced before during her decade in the public eye. Rather than dwell on it, she said she was going to use the experience in a positive way heading into the second series of The Voice, which starts shooting later this year. "I feel very differently going into the next show, because frankly I am proud," she said.
"I have been in this industry a long time and I never put my back up or say anything, but I have done some amazing things that I am so thankful for in this country and I am really proud of it.
"I think that moment of harsh reality has given me much strength, and I wrote a great song (Knocked Out) about it. I am really thankful for it — thanks to everyone (laughs)."
Knocked Out is one of the many personal tracks on Goodrem's highly anticipated new album, Child of the Universe, which is out today.
Her current single, Wish You Were Here, is another powerful song about the death of Liam O'Flaherty, one of Goodrem's friends who was killed in a motorcycle accident in 2009 when he was 24.
Tomorrow night, Goodrem will premiere the song in concert during the first of her album-launch shows, with the songstress admitting she expects to be emotionally overwhelmed during the performance."It is giving me goosebumps just thinking about it," she said. "We have some beautiful visuals to go behind it."
Goodrem has also teamed up with Perth-born designer Michelle Jank for some of the outfits for her current tour and said they had formed a strong connection.
"She is a creative kindred spirit and I adore her," Goodrem said.
"We connected spiritually and creatively and we formed this very nice team between us, whether it is tour costumes or designing clothes. I really want to take things to a new level and she is a part of that, including things like the album artwork. I am very inspired by her."
While Perth has been left off the itinerary for this tour, which Goodrem described as "small album launches", she promised she would head back with her full-scale tour mid next year.