How Alicia Keys was affected by her dad's absence - 'I definitely was always looking for his love'

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Alicia Keys attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Roll Out and Preview Day. Photographed by Matt Winkelmeyer
Alicia Keys attends the 61st Annual GRAMMY Awards Red Carpet Roll Out and Preview Day. Photographed by Matt Winkelmeyer
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Alicia admitted she spent years looking for her father's love, and ultimately felt she wasn’t worthy of his affection.

“I realised that I have deeply struggled with feelings of self-worth. My father didn’t raise me, my mother raised me. I think I definitely was always looking for his love, to some degree, and felling like I could never really access it, for many different reasons. And I think that started to give me insecurities,” Alicia tells Apple Music

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The 39-year-old singer eventually came to terms with her self-worth struggle, but says she only overcame her insecurities in the last four years. Previously the singer revealed she had been wearing a mask, “I was building my life around this image of perfection, and it was really oppressive. I was clearly a woman who wanted to talk about truth and empowerment and strength, but when I really looked at myself, I realized that my whole life I’ve kind of been putting on a mask,” she adds.

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