Leona Lewis thinks 2020 is the "year of diversifying".

Leona Lewis (photo by Bartek Szmigulski)

Leona Lewis (photo by Bartek Szmigulski)

The 35-year-old singer - who won 'The X Factor' in 2006 - has decided to follow her passions this year after realising that "life is too short" to worry about external pressures.

The London-born star said: "I’ve been doing a lot of creative writing and I have this TV concept which I’m developing right now that centres around where I grew up around Hackney and different things that impacted me growing up - I’m really excited about that project.

"I’ve created a little music book for kids which I’m also really excited about. I was on a TV show a little while ago and I’ve really been getting acting and seeing what roles comes for me as well."

Leona thinks 2020 has been a life-shaping year for herself.

The 'Bleeding Love' hitmaker told the Autumn/Winter issue of Rollacoaster magazine: "[It’s been] the year of diversifying, life is too short. Why are we limiting ourselves and putting ourselves in a box?

"If I have learnt anything about myself this year, it’s like just go for what you’re passionate about."

Leona felt under intense pressure during the early part of her music career.

But she's now returned to the studio and is happy to be "experimental" in her approach to her new material.

Leona - who released her debut album, 'Spirit', in 2007 - said: "It’s been fun and it's been creative and I’ve gotten to be experimental because there’s no pressure.

"I’m looking forward to finishing up all those ideas … I’ve been really experimenting by going back to my roots, using some soundscapes and using different parts of my voice … I’ve been working with a very different pallet at the moment, which has been fun."

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