LADY SOVEREIGN: When Autostraddle first launched in March, the team was thrilled when our then-music editor Stef, on location at South by Southewest in Austin, immediately snagged an interview with British rapper Lady Sovereign. We’d existed for maybe two weeks at this point, so our excitement was palpable. We put it on our little calendar on Basecamp. There was a lot of all-caps going on.
However, the day before our scheduled interview, it was canceled by her publicist. Why? Because we’re a gay publication, and speaking to us would only fan the flames of Sov’s lesbian/bisexual rumors. (Turns out We weren’t the only ones who dealt with dicey sexuality handlers when attempting to interview Lady Sov)
But now the cutie critter is taking matters into her own hands and speaking openly about her sexuality. Last week before being eliminated on Big Brother, this conversation happened:
You can almost sense the palpable strain to avoid keywords in the dialogue (you should probs watch it, as her body language and sighs are more revealing than anything else) which happens after Lady Sov says her ex-girlfriend is now dating a boy:
Nicola: Do you have boyfriends as well? If you had to choose would you choose a boyfriend or a girlfriend?
Lady Sovereign: I haven’t had a boyfriend for ages… ages.
Nicola: Haven’t you?
Lady Sovereign: Obviously I find guys good looking and stuff… I don’t know…
Nicola: But you’re more attracted to girls?
Lady Sovereign: … I guess so.
Nicola: When did you like tell your Mom and stuff?
Lady Sovereign: Ahhh… my sister found like some little letters that I’d hid that someone gave to me. and I denied it, I was like oh no, it’s just a friend, just um… trying to be funny.
Nicola: How old were you?
Lady Sovereign: I think I just admitted… whatever… when I was like, 17?
Out Magazine reports:
There’s well-founded speculation that publicist pressure kept her from discussing sexuality prior to this, though the “bisexual” rumors have been floated for some time (or maybe it was just the desire to avoid being headlined with things like “Asbo lesbo aggro ago-go”). So here’s hoping that her departure from reality TV makes way for something beyond more tabloid trash-talking — a return to her roots, of sorts. Lady Sov has learned some hard lessons about the fickleness of fame and success, but she seems, perhaps, better equipped than many to learn from them. The scrappy image she’s built for herself isn’t just posturing, in other words — she put herself on the internet map in the first place and dusted herself off more than once after a tumble. Maybe this revelation means she’s committed to doing things the way she does them best — on her own terms.
So we salute you, Lady Sov. And maybe we can get our interview back now? And perhaps a hoodie-themed photo shoot? (@out)
GLEE: Kurt’s gonna get a boyfriend!: “We just announced we’re doing a nationwide search for the season 2 cast, and [a boyfriend for Kurt is] one of the three roles that we’re adding. And we’re going to make them a power couple. We’re not going to do the whole hiding in the shadows thing. We’re going to make them popular, and out and proud and glamorous. Like prom king and king. We’re doing the opposite of what’s been done.” But wait, there’s more: “We’re also casting sort of a Eve Harrington [from All About Eve] to kind of steal Rachel’s thunder a little. So those are two of the three.” (@ew)
GLAMBERT: Adam Lambert may be hooking up with his ex Drake Labry again. Apparently they were at the LA club, Avalon “sitting at a private table with friends, but the two of them could not keep their hands off of each other. Drake was stroking Adam’s leg, and Adam could barely take his eyes off of him.” Hot! (@eonline)
JOHN MAYER: In a rather TMI interview with Rolling Stone, John Mayer talks about his excessive jerking off and finding some photos of men sexy: “I don’t care about anything other than energy,” Mayer said. Though he hasn’t quite slept with another man, he sees the appeal: “I’ve seen pictures of men on the Internet that are sexier than pictures of most women.” It’s true. I find Brian Kinney hotter than many women, just sayin’. (@advocate)
GLEE: Jane Lynch will make her musical debut on Glee in the much anticipated Madonna episode. “I’m going to be singing the song and doing a video for it. It’s going to be so much fun!” (@eonline)
SUNDANCE: The Sundance Film Festival begins today in Park City, Utah. Check out 10 Sundance films Nerve is psyched about this year…hopefully coming soon to an art-house theatre near you! (@nerve)
GAGA: The wonderful Rich from FourFour, pretty much our biggest hero of all time, has an essay in The Village Voice on our beloved Lady Gaga. The piece discusses not just her music, but all that she shrouds it in, including the persona she claims that she doesn’t have. (@villagevoice)
TOP CHEF: Top Chef Master and out lesbian Anita Lo talks to Autostraddle about beating Mario Batali at Iron Chef, her new venture Rickshaw, why you shouldn’t be afraid to eat weird food, and the challenges & rewards of being a Chinese-American Lesbian Chef & restaurant owner!