Alicia Keys lands the cover of SEVENTEEN magazine, and she gives us the scoop on her relationships, her career, and her friends.

On her biggest struggle with relationships: I have definitely been overaccomodating. It gets to the point where I’m not taking a second to ask, How am I feeling today? We have to listen to our feelings. But a lot of times you ignore them. You’re busy, you’re in school, you’re working, trying to get into college, to make your mom happy, to be the best student you can be, to make your friends like you, to fit in. You don’t want to disappoint anyone. But at some point you have to say, Enough! I can’t be perfect.

On what she’s learned about love and dating: I wouldn’t deal with a guy who didn’t know how to make me feel really loved. If you’re not totally head-over-heels adoring and loving me at every moment, I’m not even into you. I need that. I think we deserve people who really, really love us. Like whether you’re a thousand miles away or right there, you need to make the person feel special, and you have to feel special too.

On her current friendships: “I don’t have a ton of friends. That’s too much work. So most of my friends are girls I’ve known for years. I mean we were 4 years old together, or we met each other in high school, or junior high school, so I’ve known them for a long time. Most of them are great people and don’t even look at me like ‘Alicia Keys’ – they are my great, wonderful sisters.
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