Singer Alanis Morissette is taking on a new role, as an agony aunt for The Guardian’s Weekend magazine, replacing former columnist Molly Ringwald. Speaking about the role, the 41-year-old revealed she’s been dishing out advice her whole life, playing the ‘therapist’ for her immediate and extended family.

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“It’s been the role I’ve played my whole life – family therapist,” she told The Guardian. “Parents, brothers, even extended family members, that was the role I took on, because I suppose I had this combination of intuition and empathy. I cut my teeth, basically, listening for a living.”

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Morissette is best known for her 1995 album Jagged Little Pill, which was praised at the time for its confessional lyrics and went on to sell over 33 million copies worldwide. But after enjoying a successful music career, Morissette says she decided to rebalance her life about 10 years ago and ‘cultivate some real intimacies.’

The singer says she realised “I don’t want to be that woman who, at 70, has all these awards and is dying alone. So I decided I want to cultivate some real intimacies.” Now at 41, Morissette is married to rapper Mario “Souleye” Treadway and the couple have one child, a son named Ever.

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So what’s the best advice that Morissette has ever received? Well it came from her manager during the height of her career. “He said, ‘Just look down and imagine you’re walking on a train track, and put one foot on each piece of wood, and keep looking down and walking.’”