Things only slowed down (and even then only briefly) in 2015 with the birth of her first child, Dion. She’s raising him in Los Angeles with a Swedish approach to parenting. That translates, Li says, to not imposing gender roles on her son. “I feel like the stereotype of what being a man is is more ancient and engrained [in the US], but that goes back to how the whole system is built, from maternity leave to what type of person is in power,” she says. “Frankly it can be a very scary place.”
The world around Li has generally looked busy—very busy. She has collaborated with U2, Kanye West and Drake and penned a song for the soundtrack to a film in the Twilight series. And she’s taken home international awards for songs that became top 10 hits. Today, her universe is in the state of flux that comes with a month on the road, touring cities like New York, Paris, Berlin, and, of course, one final date in Stockholm.
Li has said in the past that, when growing up, her mom wanted her to be as “un-Swedish as possible.” Now, she clarifies what that involved: “I think [my mom] meant, ‘Travel as much as you can and don’t let fear get in the way of how you want to live your life.'” And she did, moving an ocean away from her parents to Brooklyn at 19.