Cat Power, the longtime ex-girlfriend of Giovanni Ribisi, has revealed that their relationship ended just two months before his surprise wedding to model Agyness Deyn.
The 40-year-old indie singer, who lived with Giovanni Ribisi, 37, in his Los Angeles home with his 14-year-old daughter Lucia until their recent split, told The Stool Pigeon that she had been finishing her new album “around the time” they broke up.
Cat Power, who has suffered a nervous breakdown in the past, tweeted on April 20: “I HAVE FINISHED MY RECORD.”
She told the music blog: “The timing couldn’t have been more distracting, to say the least. It was down to the wire and [I was] really suffering, in the end. It hurts.”
Cat Power added that Sun, the new album which is due to be released on September 4, is “this gift I’m lucky I finished” amid “great loss personally in my life right now”.
Cat Power, whose real name is Chan Marshall, also revealed that she chopped off her trademark long brunette locks as a result of the split, which she said “wasn’t really out of left-field, but it kinda was”.
“I cut my hair off three days later, got on a plane to France and I finished the s**t [the album],” she said.
Cat Power, whose album of new material is her first since 2006, admitted that she still loves Giovanni Ribisi.
“It’s all good, you know,” she said.
“I love the person very much. I actually love this record very much too.”
Cat Power also revealed that she had become something of a second mother to Lucia, who is the daughter of Giovanni Ribisi’s previous wife, actress Mariah O’Brien.
“I entered a long relationship which I really wanted to be successful,” she said.
“You know that thing we’re all raised to want: a beautiful life with children? There’s this part of me who wants to be a mother…I was trying to grow my personal life in a way I never did before.”
No doubt a fragile woman, Cat Power once suffered from severe stage fright as a performer.
After a history of substance abuse, she was often seen on stage literally crippled by her anxiety as she attempted to perform her music.
The past two years have seen a more confident performer, which was said to be thanks to her stable relationship with Giovanni Ribisi.
She added that time off-stage helped her re-gather steam as a performer.
“[It] was usually cured by like six days in New Mexico on a beach, topless with my best friend,” she said.
“That usually cures it [anxiety] really quick.”
Giovanni Ribisi’s wedding to model Agyness Deyn, 29, came as a surprise to many, as it was not widely known that the pair was dating.
The news was confirmed yesterday in a statement from Giovanni Ribisi’s publicist after Crown City News snapped a photograph of the couple moments before they tied the knot at Los Angeles County Registrar.