Back on the bus, Zara’s dancers have returned from a day of sightseeing in the US capital. They show pictures of themselves in front of The White House, the Lincoln Memorial and other monuments and landmarks. During the month Zara has been in America, she hasn’t seen the country she’s been crisscrossing through. Most of the time, the blinds are down on the bus and when they stop in a city there’s always an interview to do, a television show to perform at, or a concert to play.
“America is swooshing by and I hardly see any of it. This is my first time in D.C. and I haven’t even seen The White House. I always think to myself that I will come back and see all of it the next time.”
Neither she nor the dancers are 21 so they can’t go to bars or clubs, and since Zara is still Stockholm-based she hasn’t established a squad of Hollywood celebrity friends to party with. But the most important thing are the shows, which she plays in new cities every other day. If she were out partying she wouldn’t be able to ace every performance.
DO YOU HAVE GROUPIES OR FANBOYS?
“Ha ha, not yet! But no, I’m good.”
ARE YOU DATING ANYONE?
“No I’m super single right now. Or, I’m not dating just one person, to put it that way.”
SO YOU HAVE TINDER?
“No, on that one too…”
WHAT ABOUT RAYA [THE SO-CALLED ELITE TINDER]?
“Oh God no! I would never! That’s so elitist and gross. I don’t like the idea of it, it’s like ‘hey we’re the popular and pretty people, want to go on a date?’ A relationship really isn’t a priority for me. If I meet someone, I meet someone, but I’m not actively looking.”
WHAT ABOUT THOSE JUSTIN BIEBER RUMOURS?
“I wish!,” she says and laughs. “That’s completely unfounded, but I would be interested to talk to him if we met again. We’ve said hello in a restaurant once, but definitely nothing more than that,” she says and continues: “It’s strange with the mythology around famous people, because once you meet them you realize, they’re just regular people. The only person I want to keep on my superstar pedestal is Beyoncé.”