Alanis Morissette becomes a Guardian advice columnist

The Canadian's first column in the newspaper is due on January 16

Alanis Morissette has been hired by The Guardian newspaper, with a new advice column penned by the Canadian singer due to appear in the newspaper for the first time on January 16.

The role comes in part off the back of a recent podcast Morissette has been recording on relationships and wellbeing, which she publishes on her own website. The Guardian report that Morissette feels she is a ‘born agony aunt’.

She says: “I’m definitely a therapy girl. I think that’s quite obvious. I don’t want to say everyone should [have therapy], but do I think everyone might benefit from it? Yes. But I’m aware that a lot of people have great resistance to it.”

Morissette also says her ‘therapist’ style comes in part from her experience with her own family, adding:

“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.”

In a strange twist, Morissette’s first single from ‘Havoc and Bright Lights’, her eighth and most recent studio album, was called ‘Guardian’.


The Canadian recently updated her biggest hit ‘Ironic’ to include references to Uber and iPhones, performing alongside James Corden.

The new, tongue-in-cheek version features updated lyrics including: “It’s like a free ride, but your Uber’s down the street”, “It’s like they announce a new iPhone, the day after you buy it” and “It’s like singing ‘Ironic’, but there are no ironies”.

Morissette also spoke about her battle with eating disorders in interview last year, saying:

“The big question for me around eating-disorder recovery is, ‘What is sobriety with food? We know with alcohol, you just don’t drink it and don’t go to a bar. With heroin, you just don’t go near it. Whereas with food, you have to eat, so how can one go from, in my case, bingeing and purging, starving, overeating, the scale going up and down – how can I go from that to a ‘sober’ approach?”