Palmistry with Madison Beer
The pop sensation chats destiny, romance and life-changing moments in this woo-approved palm-reading session
image Amber Asalay
words words Lucy O'Brien, interview by Sophie Wilkinson
Practised all over the world, palmistry analyses the major and minor lines on your hand to divine what they say about you: from how you love to how you live and, possibly, what lies ahead in your future. Inspired by this tradition, Palmistry is our new series where we sit down with some of our favourite names in the worlds of music, fashion and entertainment for a unique looking into what’s in their hearts and destiny — by turning to their palms.
Is it possible for one person to give girl-next-door vibes as well as being our current pop obsession? Because this is exactly the way to describe New York-hailing, singer-song-writing sensation, Madison Beer. If you haven’t already listened to her chart-topping debut album Life Support (which would be pretty unlikely), then you’ve definitely seen her on TikTok, where the artist amasses a humble 18 million followers.
Her debut 2021 major label album thrust Beer from an already successful career as an independent artist to being at the centre of the pop music scene. And off the back of a killer sold-out headline tour of the UK and Europe, the singer has no plans to slow down. Luckily for us, she has just dropped the most recent track from her forthcoming project – a seductive and empowering jam with a retro-tinged video to boot, “Showed Me (How I Fell In Love With You)”. Excited? Of course you are.
For Beer, the track represents a new development in her artistry. “Writing and making the video for ‘Showed Me’ was a really unique experience,” she explains. “This song samples The Turtles ‘You Showed Me.’ I’ve never used sampling or interpolation on a song before, but I’m always looking for new ways to experiment in the studio and pay homage to the classic sounds and melodies I loved growing up. This song is the perfect culmination of those things.”
Fresh off the song's release, we sat down with Beer for a very special palm-reading session. Keep reading to discover the musician’s thoughts on romance, spontaneity and the tides of destiny…
Would you say you’re more logical or creative?
I really am both. My brain can literally be split in two. I'm very logical, but I'm also very creative.
I think I'm always the voice of reason. But let's say it's like, people making plans - I'm like, what should we meet at this person's house? And should we do this? And do we have enough time? I'm really good at planning, and saying, this part makes the most sense. Or, you know, this is logically the smartest thing to do. I also think that if someone's like, hey, let's make a crazy plan, I can be super creative and silly and fun.
What were you like at school?
I was really amazing at everything except for math. So I spent a lot of time in math support groups and stuff. I was always a little bit of a shit and I was a class clown, a little jokester. I think that was just me wanting attention, but I was pretty shit in in a lot of subjects, even though I am smart. I think that that's also why at homeschool I really excelled. Suddenly, I started getting straight A's and was super, super good in school, because I just don't think that the format that my school was teaching me was good. And I think a lot of kids struggle with that. A lot of kids feel really intimidated to raise their hand in front of 40 other children and be like, 'hey, I don't get this question.' When it was just me one on one with my teacher was when I felt like I could ask questions and not be ashamed of that. Whereas in school, it's kind of conditioned for you to think that if you ask a question, you're stupid, and that's how I felt. So yeah, I was held from asking for help, which then led me to failing. So I think that it helped me a lot to feel comfortable asking for help.
What's the biggest adventure you've ever been on?
I went on a trip to Africa with my family in 2014 and I would say that that was the biggest adventure - it was, it was amazing. It was truly, truly life changing. I went on safari, and I got to see such beautiful cultures that I had never seen before.
Were there any particular animals that you saw on Safari?
We were in Kruger National Park, in Zimbabwe out in this cool open Range Rover car. We saw in the distance a pack of over 10 lionesses and they all started to come towards the car. And the driver asked me and my family, ‘Do you guys want me to drive away? Or do you want me to let them approach?’ And, you know, these animals, while they are completely in the wild, they still are a bit used to people seeing them. I mean, I would hope and assume they're not just going to jump in and attack. So I was like, ‘Yes, let them come close’. So they kept on moving closer and closer and closer. And by the time they got up to the car, I realised they had come so close, because we were the only thing casting a shadow. Literally when I tell you I could have put my hand out and pet her head. They were so, so close. I remember one of them looked up at me and yawned. It was just so awesome to feel connected to nature like that. It was a pretty amazing experience. I also saw a lion kill and eat a zebra which I hated because I wanted to save the zebra but it was all really really cool.
Are you romantic?
Yes. I think I'm a bit of a hopeless romantic. I'm very classic with what I like. I really enjoy being wined and dined and picked up and have a car door opened for me. I appreciate those romantic gestures which I feel like people don't do anymore!
Do you text first?
Yes, I do not care about that. I'm not one of those weirdos who won't. I don't have too much pride to not reach out to someone. I also will spam you if you don't respond to me and I don't care.
Do you believe in destiny?
I think that you choose your own destiny. and I think decisions you make will lead you to the next. But we are all destined for greatness. We're all destined for love. I don't think anyone's destined to have a miserable terrible life. I think that life is what you make it in a lot of ways.
Are you a planner or more spontaneous?
Both. I planned a whole night with my friends the other day and we got to my house and we were all about to start playing Nintendo Mario Party and then one of my friends was like, 'Have you ever been to this arcade?' And I was like, 'No, where is it?' And she was like, 'Oh, it's here. We should go'. - and then we all literally popped up and went and it was so fun.
What's on your vision board for the future?
I don't like to plan my future too much. I think that still falls into place as it will. I just hope to continue on my healing journey and become like the best version of myself possible. That's my main thing.
What's the last book you read?
The Hidden Life Of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. It’s about how they're such important parts of the planet and life. I think people overlook the wisdom that trees provide us with.
Play hard or work hard?
What's a major change you've had in your life?
I don't know if anything major has shifted for me as of late. But yeah, becoming known for what I do was the biggest life shift for sure.
How many times have you moved city?
Just once - I moved from New York to LA when I was 14, and I've been in LA ever since. But I would like to move elsewhere at some point, I love a lot of places.
What's one moment that changed your perspective on life?
I've had a lot of conversations that have changed my perspective on life. I've met a lot of people that have impacted and changed me forever. I can't really pinpoint like one day or experience. But I think my biggest takeaway is being patient and being kind and loving to yourself.
Madison Beer’s new single “Showed Me (How I Fell In Love With You)” is out now.