The singer told Clash that her mother's political background has meant that she is banned from receiving a US visa and said that the separation has had drastic effects on her life.
"My mum is seen as a threat to society in America," she explained.
"To me that’s really funny. Now I’ve just started taking the p*ss out of her. She doesn’t like it. She’s in London and it’s quite limiting because me and [my partner] Ben can’t quite get married, 'cause my mum can’t come to America and his family can’t travel because his granddad is ill. It’s limiting because I feel weird every time I go to America."
She added that the US government should be able to discern the difference between harmless citizens and actual threats.
"If my mum’s really f**king scary then I’m scary and then my kid’s scary. I don’t want to be in a country where we are seen to be scary. Ultimately it’s to do with the intelligence," she said.
"If the FBI and CIA and everybody are super smart and have the right way of interpreting information then they know my mum’s not scary. If there’s more than that going on then it does make you feel a bit like, ‘I just don’t want to deal with this s**t’."
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