Aussie pop star Ricki-Lee Coulter makes an explosive return to the music scene with a new single, a new look, and a sexy new shoot for MAXIM
Looks like youāre back with a vengeance, Ricki-Lee. Whatās the deal with the hot military theme?
I just had this picture in my head of military garb. Thereās nothing sexier than a woman in a military uniform.
Would you ever do a tour of Afghanistan and entertain the Australian troops?
Iād love to. Iāve been asked before but it got cancelled at the last minute because things got a little volatile.
If you went over, youād probably be offered the opportunity to fire some rounds. Would you do it?
Absolutely! With guns, itās a case of the bigger the better. I grew up on a farm, so Iāve played with smaller guns before, and I went to Thailand and shot a .44 Magnum. But Iād love to shoot a serious combat rifle.
Keeping with the combat theme, word is you like watching a bit of the old punchy face?
I love combat sports ā we get all the Pay-Per-Views. For my boyfriendās 30th, I took him to Vegas and got him floor seats for UFC 126, where Anderson Silva fought Vitor Belfort. Fight Night in Vegas canāt be beaten. I tell you, if [Floyd] Mayweather ever fights [Manny] Pacquiao I will be there, no question.
Kinda wish you were our girlfriend. Thatās one of the best presents ever.
I think I enjoyed it more than he did. I love boxing, love UFC, love the V8ās, love rugby. Iām no girly girl.
Your new single is called āRaining Diamondsā. Itās not some kind of bizarre climate change anthem, is it?
The metaphor for āRaining Diamondsā is that you deserve the best of everything. Iāve been in bad relationships, bad friendships, bad working situations ā you canāt settle for bad, you need amazing. When you see a high-quality diamond, itās amazing, and life should be like that.
Your new man seems to have it pretty amazing. How can we meet a fight-watching, gun-toting, lingerie-wearing lady?
We met though a mutual friend, actually. Iād been single for a year and I may or may not have nudged my friend and said, āCāmon, you have to have some single, attractive friends.ā They had someone in mind and we met at the Espy [Esplanade Hotel] in Melbourne after a day at the footy. Iād just ordered a jug of beer and it was that time of night where I was bypassing the glass and drinking straight from the jug. This incredibly hot guy walks in and he was laughing, not reeling in disgust. He grabbed my hand, we got some shots, and yeah, great start.
Thatās definitely a tale for the grandkids. We canāt help but notice how fit and sexy you look in these pics...
At the beginning of last year I was touring with the Backstreet Boys and I really wanted to impress. We were performing at huge arenas and it got to the point where Iād be walking across the stage and Iād have to hold myself up on the mic stand because I was so unfit. At that point, onstage, with tens of thousands of people watching, I had a bit of a moment. I thought, āWell, this actually isnāt OK. My work is not going to suffer because of my unhealthy lifestyle.ā
How did Ricki-Lee 2.0 come about? Was it as simple as cutting out the jug skolling?
It wasnāt that easy. I had to seriously change my diet and Iām lucky to have a personal trainer boyfriend who can put me through my paces. Heās done such a good job whipping me into shape. There are mornings Iām meant to work out and I donāt want to, so I cuddle him and say, āJust a few more minutes,ā but he always gets me up.
Thereās probably a way you could keep him in bed.
Oh, trust me, Iāve tried that one a few times. But when weāre done, heās like, āOK, now you go running.ā
Youāre the face and body of lingerie label Hold Me Tight. Is lingerie your everyday undergarment of choice or is it reserved for special occasions, like when you want to get out of training?
Iām definitely a lingerie girl. Without anyone even seeing it, it can make you feel sexy. I like to wear beautiful lingerie whenever I can. Confidence can come from feeling sexy and I feel sexy when Iām wearing nice underwear.
Letās talk about Rihanna. As a fan and a performer, do you reckon all her lyrics about rough sex have some kind of empowerment message behind them? Or is she just into rough sex?
I think maybe thatās what she likes. Music is a form of expression. I wouldnāt whip my hair around and gyrate on things if I didnāt want to. The great thing about being a woman is that we are sexy ā and if youāre a sexual person and want to express that, thatās a powerful thing. If you feel like being overtly sexual, thatās up to you. Itās different if you feel like youāre being forced into it but I donāt think thatās the case with Rihanna, and thatās not the case for me.
Can we expect any racy stuff on your new album?
Well, thereās one song thatās all about how sexy my man makes me feel, and that maybe instead of turning the lights off we should keep them on. Expression is a great thing and as a writer itās really fun to push the boundaries like that.
There are rumours youāre going to be co-hosting the new Young Talent Time. Say it aināt so.
It aināt so. Thatās the papers making stuff up. No-one knows Iāve spent all of 2011 making music and theyāve pretty much just filled in the gaps however they want.
What are some of the media theories youāve heard?
Iāve heard and read so many things about what Iām supposedly doing: hosting TV shows, judging on talent shows, doing films, and I think I was pregnant, too. Iāve also heard that Iām washed-up and my careerās over. But all that time Iāve been working with the industryās best people, Iāve signed a record deal with one of the worldās biggest labels, and Iām about to launch an album that will, hopefully, be a huge success.
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