Christine and the Queens: ‘I’m just trying to escape any labels’

Breakthrough act of the year Heloïse Letissier – better known as Christine and the Queens – has spoken about her outlook on gender and sexual identity.

The Nantes-born singer said she identifies as pansexual in a new interview with the BBC, in which she explained she doesn’t see gender as “an obstacle” or “a definition”.

Asked what being pansexual meant, the 28-year-old said: “It means that I can fall in love with someone regardless of their gender, regardless of how they define themselves. I don’t really see that as an obstacle, as a definition.”

The interviewer then asked Letissier to clarify why she didn’t identify as bisexual. “Bisexual is still being binary,” she explained. “I’m just trying to escape any labels there cos I can fall in love with a man who defines herself as a woman, for example. I can fall in love with a man that decides she is going to become a woman and then what does that make me?

“I think bisexual still works in a society where you have two boxes to tick and I don’t really want to tick any boxes.”

Letissier also said she doesn’t think it matters “if I’m a woman or man when I’m singing”, adding that she feels she can be both.

“It depends on how I feel and it’s more about the energy I’m giving as a performer and as a dancer,” she added. “I think what I always want people to remember is how I made them feel rather than how did I look.”

Christine and the Queens have enjoyed a massive breakthrough year in the UK, with hits including Titled and Saint Claude, taken from debut album Chaleur Humaine.

The record – already more than seven-times platinum in France before its release in the UK in February – climbed into the Top 10 on the back of her incendiary performances on The Graham Norton Show and at Glastonbury Festival.

Earlier this year, Christine and the Queens were AAA Hottest Record of the Week with the utterly infectious Titled (here it below).

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