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“I’m so tired of people talking about my body”: Swedish pop superstar Mabel returns to music – on her terms

By Natalie Salmon

Silk crepe dress, €4,590, Leather gloves, €1,190, Leather motorcycle belt, 425. All Saint Laurent by Anthony Vaccarello . Photo: Paolo Zerbini

A couple of years ago, it looked like Swedish superstar Mabel was on top of the world: charting pop anthems, an enviable musical lineage, performing on the world’s biggest stages, hundreds of thousands of fans and followers. But beneath the surface, she was struggling with insecurity and depression, manifested by an industry that still has a long way to go when it comes to mental health. Now, with her new music, Mabel is telling her own story in her own way, and she doesn’t care who she calls out in the process