La Roux’s Elly Jackson

Elly Jackson, the red-haired androgynous singer from the British electro-pop duo La Roux has spoken out about speculation surrounding her sexuality.

The 21 year old singer told the News of the World in an interview that while she has very strong views on gender and androgyny, she doesn’t feel like she belongs to either gender.

“I love aspects of the way boys behave and move and dress and I love aspects of the way women are. I can’t explain it; it’s this very specific thing that probably makes sense to me but not on paper. I suppose there’s been an element of, I don’t really feel like either gender and don’t really want to,” she said.

When it comes to her sexual orientation, Jackson said: “I can be attracted to anyone, it doesn’t make any difference. I can be in love with anyone. There’s a massive majority of people that feel the same way. Some people don’t feel gay or straight. I don’t feel like I belong to a group and I never will.”

She refused, however to say whether she’s ever kissed a girl, insisting that the question is “irrelevant”, but adding: “Of course, I can appreciate other women. Beyoncé is beautiful. I find men or women sexy. The Mexican actor Gael García Bernal is hot and I’ve always fancied James Dean – but, weirdly, I want to look like the people I fancy.”

The star, who’s best known for her band’s hit song Bulletproof, also revealed that she was bullied at school. “I felt very out of sorts at school. I was a tomboy and didn’t dress like a girl. I wore tracksuits and wanted to hang out with the boys. I got picked on because I was different.”

La Roux, named after Jackson’s red hair, consists of the singer plus synth player, co-writer and co-producer Ben Langmaid.

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