Anne-Marie: 'I just want to make people smile'

She’s one of Britain’s most effervescent pop stars. But there’s a lot more to Anne-Marie than her amazing voice. The singer talks about her battles with anxiety and body image – and the unexpected pleasures of lockdown after years on the road The pop star Anne-Marie has squirrelled herself away in an alcove, in a corner of a café in south London. It is the middle of February, and she has been working in a studio around the corner, on her second album, and now she’s picking at a veggie breakfast, though it’s three in the afternoon. Her formerly blonde, newly pale-pink hair lights her up like a beacon, but I have arrived a little early, and she looks so quiet and self-contained, so tucked into herself and thoughtful, that I have a strong urge to turn around and leave her to it. I had heard she was a talker, expected the gregarious character that is larger-than-life in her videos, but my first impressions are that perhaps she won’t be much of a talker at all. Within two minutes of sitting down, I know this about