After three full seasons of the deeply honest Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce, it seemed only fitting that Freedia herself would gift her worldwide fanbase with more of the story in the form of a memoir. Out now, God Save the Queen Diva! takes a closer look at Freedia's formative years in the New Orleans bounce scene. Among many revelations, the book sheds light on the challenges of coming out to a community unfamiliar with and afraid of the gay experience, her family's narrow survival of the devastating Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and the unique foundation of self-love and dedication that later led Freedia to global celebrity.
Fuse was fortunate enough to cross paths with the busy diva as she breezed through Brooklyn for her first-ever book signing, where we were given a few clues on what to expect from the next season of her Fuse TV series, her future book ideas and the star-studded follow-up to her 2014 album Just Be Free.
Season 4 of your show is on the way. What can you share about it?
It's going to be even more interesting than the last season, of course. We keep stepping it up! This is actually going to be my international turn for the TV show. They'll get to see me going international and doing my thing on the international level now.
Switching gears, what are your thoughts about the recent decision on gay marriage?
I'm very happy with the decision that the Supreme Court made for everybody to have the chance to get married. When we got that ruling... that's a real piece of history. The timing couldn't be more perfect for my book to come out with all of this stuff going on and the world steadily changing. It's such an honor to just be in the position to have a platform and then all of these other positive things are happening behind it. It was definitely a wonderful decision by the Supreme Court. I was very much backing it.
Is there a time in the future when you think you'll take advantage of the newfound liberty?
Oh, most definitely. Big, big wedding.
Given your affinity for southern cooking, I imagine you'd probably curate the menu yourself, right?
Everything, the menu, the decorations, the whole nine yards. It'll be my creativity.
Have you ever considered taking your culinary skills and applying them to something like a cooking show?
Yeah, definitely. I have a lot of things on the bucket list still that I want to do. Opening a few more businesses is definitely one of them, including a restaurant. I'm also very talented with cooking, so a lot on the menu would be specially made things of Freedia's. Also working on the cookbook, so that may be the start of the restaurant coming right after.
What about music? Any idea when we’ll see a follow up to Just Be Free?
You will definitely see a follow up coming real soon. I have a few tracks coming out to follow Just Be Free, and then the new album coming right after. I've been working; the music is there. I’m just waiting on perfect timing for everything to line up with Season 4!
Are there any guests that you've worked with on the album that you wouldn't mind telling us more about?
DJ Snake and Diplo will be on this album; the Showboys from New York will be on this album. There are going to be some really cool collaborations from New Orleans as well. People will definitely dig the album.
Is there anything else you'd like fans of Big Freedia: Queen of Bounce to know before you break away for your book signing?
Just be looking for the new season, the new book, and the album. They can order the book now; it's in stores everywhere. I just really want all the readers to know that I thank them for all their continuing to support Team Big Freedia and the whole movement of bounce music and the culture of New Orleans.
Want more Freedia? Catch up on earlier seasons here. Details on Season 4 coming soon.