Beth Ditto

You don’t pigeonhole yourself, people pigeonhole you. If the world is not at a place yet where it can just be like, “This music is gay and it’s music,” then it’s not my fault that it gets pigeonholed, it’s not the people in the band’s fault, it’s because people won’t just let music be music, people who need to put a name on something or to critique something.

The thing about being on the majors, from the beginning, going into this, I was like, “I’m not going to be treated like a factory,” because that’s never the way it was done before. You’re talking about a major label, we’re talking about serious business; you’re not an artist anymore, you’re a business, you have to work in terms of product, you have to release a product, and I don’t really think that way at all.

I think from a major-label perspective, if you were on the flip side of things and that’s the world you were used to working in, your interpretation could be, “Oh, they’re having trouble writing songs,” when really it’s like, “No, I’m not ready to write songs, I don’t want to write a song right now, if I did write a song, it would be forced.”

I feel dance and pop music genres are extremely female and extremely gay. When it comes to art and pop culture, queers are f – king weirdos. We don’t have gender rules that tell us what we can and can’t be. We just make it up as we go along. We have full creative license to be whatever we want to be.

I always think that people think that women in music are always angry. I’m not angry. Rock ‘n’ roll music made by men is so much more over-the-top aggressive than when a women says “you” and they’re screaming it, it’s like, ‘Oh my God!’ I’m like, ‘Have you heard rock music made by men?’

I was born to be married. I just feel comfortable there. I love the idea of being partnered for ever. I love my girlfriend, we’ve been best friends since I was 18. There’s not a thing we haven’t been through except for marriage… We’ve had talks about what we would name our kids since we were in our 20s.

I want to make the IKEA of clothes for fat girls and boys. Cheap, affordable, basic – but ethically made. Basics, you know? Like Spanx – I’m still confused as to why retailers haven’t ripped them off yet and done it well. It’s because they don’t understand the basics behind it. I love Spanx. I’m wearing ’em right now!

I think that for the five-year-old watching MTV right now, Lady Gaga is going to be an iconic person. In 20 years, the people who are here and talking to journalists will be like, ‘Oh Lady Gaga changed my life, Nicki Minaj changed my life.’ They’ll be saying who influenced them and it will be Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, artists like that.