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prepare to scream and shout over our april cover star!

There's a good reason why Paramore are a platinum-certified act, and her name is Hayley Williams. The frontwoman is hard to ignore--and not just because of her tangerine hued hair; there's her so-honest-they-might-be-ripped-from-your-diary lyrics, which have helped countless fans through tough moments, plus her turbo-charged onstage persona. And now, with the band's fourth studio album Paramore out April 9 (plus Williams' collaboration with MAC Cosmetics in--you guessed it--bright orange), we're reminded once again why we fell for the band in the first place. NYLON's Mallory Rice caught up with the singer-songwriter over mac and cheese to talk about fame, fun, and dealing with a major falling out. While you wait for the issue to hit newsstands (March 26, mark your calendar!), get a sneak peek below:

On the band's new album, Paramore
: "Writing the new record, we didn't want to go backward. We wanted to move forward, so we made a conscious effort to do it. It felt like we were kids starting a band for the first time."

On being a girl in the rock'n'roll world
: "Being onstage--that sort of empowerment that you get is not male or female. It's just raw energy. I don't feel like I have to be sexy and a girl, or sexy in any way. I like to play hard, and I love to prove people wrong. It never bothers me being in a male-dominated world. In the past, when guys heckled me, I would just heckle them back."

On the band's falling out
: "It went from being like, 'Hey, we don't want to be in the band anymore' to this really hairy online situation, where I was like, 'How did this happen? Why is this happening?' I know I'm a smiley person, but when I get hurt or when I get upset, I can definitely turn crazy. And I felt crazy for a while, like, 'When is this going to go away?' But it did, finally, and I'm more thankful for the good that's come out of it than I am upset about the bad that went down."

On being famous
: "The fame aspect of what we do is so stupid to me. I literally feel like an idiot. All I want is to be that normal person...I love that side of myself so much more than the side that dresses up and poses for a camera, or that's on a magazine cover."

On growing up
: "I want to be like my granny, not worried about trying to Botox myself. I see myself having a normal life, and I hope that's what it is."

Shirt by Diesel, skirt by Diesel Black Gold, harness necklace by Bliss Lau, rosary by Nicole Meng.