Katie sat with her head in her arms, weeping.
"It's not meant to be like this," she said.
"Like what?" Doreen asked.
"Like this! For God's sake, Mum, look at me."
"You'll be okay. You just need some sleep to clear your head. Tomorrow you'll be fine with it."
Katie's sobs were louder than usual, but Doreen knew to stay calm. Katie often got like this immediately after sell-out gigs.
"Remember, Katie," she said, "it's your last chance."
"That's what you've always say. 'It's your last chance,' or, 'Just this one, to get on his good side,' or, 'It'll get you in the papers.' It's always just one, just one more, then I'll be there, you say. But every time, a few months later, there's another, and another."
"We don't always get what we want, you know."
"Well maybe I don't, but these men always do - and all because you tell me I should let them have it."
"You give them what they want, they give you what you want."
"But I don't want to be famous!"
"Yes you do. Katie, you do." Doreen kept her voice soft, like when she'd sing Katie to sleep as a baby. "You asked me to make you famous."
Katie shook her head.
"Only because you told me I should be," she said.
"Because I knew where it would take you. Look at what you've got Katie. A beautiful house - just like the one you always dreamed of. And Adam, such a gorgeous, faithful boyfriend. And millions of adoring fans."
"And I hate it all."
"Don't say that, Katie."
"I'll say what I like. I hate it. I feel so empty all the time. And it's all your fault."
"That's not fair. I've only ever done what you've asked me."
"What I've asked you? What have I asked of you? It's me whose only ever done what you've told me. And I'm not doing it any more. I will not cheat on Adam again. I don't even need a new record deal."
"You do, sweetie. You've got momentum. You've got the ride the wave. Keep soaring while you're flying high."
Katie stormed out of the dressing room slamming the door behind her.
Doreen smiled. It was nice to get a moment's peace. She knew Katie would listen in the end. Just like she always did.