Pink is one of those artists some of us have difficulty seeing as an international icon.

It's not that the woman born Alecia Moore doesn't deserve the status. Since her 2000 debut, she has released seven critically acclaimed albums that have been blockbuster successes, winning her three Grammy Awards and many other accolades. But there's just something about this Pennsylvania-born child of working-class parents that makes you feel as if she could also be one of your best, and most honest, gal pals.

"It's very easy for me to tap into 'go f--k yourself,' " she told Rolling Stone's Gavin Edwards just before the release of her latest album, "The Truth About Love." "Maybe that's the only way I feel powerful. I'm in the best place I've ever been in my life, and I'd say it's 80 percent happiness and 20 percent sheer confusion and fear that I'll f--k it up somehow. I'm consumed by my emotions."

Anyone who wants a glance into the road traveled by Pink -- now happily married to motocross star Carey Hart and mother of a young daughter, Willow -- need only listen to her most recent songs. On them she moves from ruminations about the world's seeming dependence on anti-depressants on "The Great Escape," to "How Come You're Not Here," about her furor and heartache over Hart's fling when the two were separated a few years ago.

Pink with special guest the Hives
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Although the songs on the album -- Pink's first to hit No. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart -- are about relationships, she is quick to note she doesn't always write about her own personal romances. She wrote "Family Portrait," which is on her second album, "Missundaztood," when she was 21, she told Andrew Hampp of Billboard. The song is about her parents, who divorced when she was 9.

"[I] tend to hold onto things. I'm still exorcising some of those demons. And look, I'm in a relationship that I've been in for 10 years and it's never going to be perfect," she said. "Carey always jokes, 'You're always just mad enough at me to write a song.' 'Yep. Thanks, baby, you're my muse.' "

Of course, anyone who thinks Pink will present her songs while perched on a stool strumming an acoustic guitar a la folk singers is in for a shock. She does take some unaccompanied turns onstage, but her latest tour is a return to the high-flying acrobatics she presented on her Funhouse Tour, complete with plenty of visuals and accompanying dancers.

Reviewers in Las Vegas, who arguably know a thing or two about acrobatics, gave Pink kudos for her impressive Cirque du Soleil antics and self-deprecating humor about such things as her multiple wardrobe changes during shows.

"I do this at home at parties, too," she said, according to Josh Bell, of Las Vegas Weekly. "I change a lot."