Fiona Apple had some ‘splaining to do last night.
During her appearance on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, the host brought up Apple’s now-infamous 2000 Roseland Ballroom meltdown — which, as it happens, was preceded by a ten-minute comedy act from Fallon himself.
“The whole thing was crazy,” Fallon said, recalling how he was having a drink with Apple’s then-boyfriend when it all went down. “I was worried about you, pal.”
Apple addressed the issue by asserting her humanity. “The short answer is that I’m a human being,” she said. “And that I was reacting to life.”
The singer says she was feeling “overwhelmed” at the time, citing her Saturday Night Live appearance that month.
“I started crying” she continued. “And I could not physically stop crying. I couldn’t.”
Watch her interview with Fallon in the video below:
Apple also played her Idler Wheel song “Anything We Want” last night, but not before issuing a disclaimer. “This is going to sound a little bit bitchy,” she said before looking directly into the camera. “There’s somebody that thinks the song I’m about to play is about them. It’s not about you.”
Apple then held up a billiards ball (11) in her hand and added, “If you did not give me this, I’m not thinking about you.”
So there you have it, vain reader — this song is not about you. But try and enjoy it anyway:
Apple also played Paul McCartney’s “Let Me Roll It” in honor of the Beatle’s 70th birthday yesterday: