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Sunday 20 April 2014

Alicia Keys: Europeans smoke too much

Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys says she admires Europeans even though they "smoke too much".

The singer explained how she believes people in Europe have better work/life balances than those in America.

The 31-year-old revealed she respects how those on the continent make sure they take time out of their work schedules to rest during the year.

"That's why I've always admired European people, and French in particular, for your ability to manage your professional and personal lives," Alicia gushed to French newspaper Metro. "In your country you don't do anything in August. I admire that! You take care of your well-being...Even though you smoke too much!"

Alicia admitted she only realised what the most important things in life are after giving birth to her son Egypt in 2010. The songstress explained how she has changed over the past few years, since she welcomed her first child with husband Swizz Beatz into the world.

"The minute I became a mum, I was not a young lady anymore. Even though there is still a part of me like that inside, having a child and a family has changed my priorities," she continued."The things I thought were important before are much less important now. Before my life was like a wheel, going round and round without purpose."

Despite admiring Europeans, the singer is patriotic and works hard to make America the best it can be. She is an avid campaigner for a health care reform in the US to rival that of other countries.

"Of course [I'm ready to pay more taxes to have a better health care]. Just like everyone else I find it frustrating to work that hard and give so much, "Alicia continued. "But you also need a balance with people participating in the community too. The reform of the health care system, it's essential. So many Americans have no access to health care. It is a tragedy."

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