I think Lady Gaga is great and is changing pop music and bringing back a certain rock 'n' roll spirit, swagger to the game.
Carving out an identity for yourself is important so I'm trying to do that as well.
You know, if it weren't for these fans, I wouldn't have gotten as far as I did.
My M.O. is just do what you do and don't feel like you have to make apologies for it. I'm sure there will come a point when I have to apologize for something, but not yet.
I wouldn't ever give myself the label bisexual, but bi-curious, yeah.
The biggest risk I've ever taken is going on American Idol and trying to be myself. I wasn't going to try too hard to conform, and I knew that it could possibly not work out.
In middle school, I really didn't have music, but in high school, I remember taking a lot of choir and drama.
When you dance and move around it creates a different reaction from the audience - they love it.
I was really beating myself up about performances and how I looked and this and that.
I've been kind of toying around with the bi thing in my head. I wouldn't ever give myself the label 'bisexual', but bi-curious? Yea.
I knew that it was my only shot to be taken seriously in the recording industry, because it's fast and broad.
I started rejecting the proper way to sing and I started singing.
I was a big fan of Middle Eastern elements of music and experimental electronic and tribal sounds.
I'm proud of my sexuality. I embrace it. It's just another part of me.
I think it's up to the parents to discern what their child is watching on television.
I wanted the focus to be on my ability as a singer and as an entertainer - not on my private life.
It's been a transformative period and I really wanted to make music from what I've experienced.
I've been known to make out with girls from time to time. Couple drinks involved, you know. It's fun. And who knows? Maybe it'll go further someday. I don't know.
Wait a minute, I'm a fan of yours; you can't be a fan of mine!
After my tour I had time to stay at home, be with my boyfriend and hang out with friends and that brought me down to earth and helped me write music from a more relaxed place.
The way I look at it is everybody should have the right to get married, if they so choose.
A lot of my male vocal influences are British - people like David Bowie, Freddie Mercury and Robert Plant.
I try to go throughout my daily life just as if nothing has changed, but you don't have much anonymity anymore, which feels really good. People come up, and say hi and they enjoy your work.
I would love to do a live show with dancers and fashion and scenic elements - definitely bring my love of the theater to a concert-style performance.
I definitely have my opinions that I'm very vocal about and I'm not afraid to put them out there.
I wasn't unhappy, but I was a little like: 'Is this it? Really?' I was thirsty.