Odette on borderline personality disorder: ‘It corrupts you from the inside out’

Odette on borderline personality disorder: ‘It corrupts you from the inside out’

The Guardian

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The Australian musician had finished her deeply personal album before she was diagnosed. Suddenly, the narratives she had based it on required a second look

People see the story of their own life as infallible – it’s hard not to when you’re the protagonist. So to find out that we misunderstood it completely can be shattering, tectonic. Which is exactly what happened to Odette.

After the 2018 release of her debut album To a Stranger, the now 23-year-old Sydney singer-songwriter – born Georgia Odette Sallybanks – was professionally riding high. A fragmentary mixture of spoken-word poetry and her rich, soulful singing voice, indebted equally to Fiona Apple and Solange, had won a coveted Triple J feature album slot and two Aria nominations. Odette’s fiery tales of lovers’ spats and unbridled emotion had been successful the first time around, and she had a new set of them ready to go: a follow-up album she was going to call Dwell, for her tendency to obsess over her own emotions.

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