AOL: You're not afraid to show that side of yourself.
P: I am a work in progress. I'm a beautiful mess. I'm perfectly imperfect. That's what I write about. On 'M!ssundaztood,' about 2 years into it, I was in an interview in Paris, and I was so tired and drained of talking about a divorce that happened when I was 8. I was like, "I'm fine guys, it was just a song." And I just started crying. I was like, "I can't do this anymore," and then I started getting all these letters from all these people and things like "you helped me to come out today," or "I listen to your song and I didn't want to kill myself today because I'm going through the exact same thing." It's just things like that, that I had to say to myself, "You know what, it's not really about me."
AOL: I think that must be incredibly humbling, to realize the role that you can play in someone's life.
P: It is humbling. It's not all about me. I see these artists that think it really is about them and it's hilarious to me, but it's also a give and take. When I'm writing these songs, I feel like I'm going through it by myself, and then when I find myself in an arena with however many thousand people and they've all gone through the same thing, it actually helps me, too, cause I'm actually going, "Oh yeah, right, I'm not the only person that's ever been sad."