Outlandish Scissor Sisters star ANA MATRONIC is adamant she would have been drawn to her "flamboyant" creative life even if her father wasn't gay.
The singer's mother revealed her father was a homosexual when she was just six years old, and she was left devastated when he died from AIDS in her teens.
She went on to carve out a career as a female drag act on New York's club scene before joining the mostly gay pop band - but she denies her career was an attempt to get close to her late dad.
Matronic tells Britain's You magazine, "Mum said, 'We can't get back together because dad is gay.' It wasn't said in a brutal or shocking way. Although I was young, I knew dad now felt about men the way that he had once felt about my mother. Basically, I understood this meant they'd never be together - and at six, that sucked.
"I may have chosen that path subconsciously, but I didn't think, 'Right, life mission: I'm going to understand what it's like to be a gay man. I've always been a very flamboyant person and I think I would have ended up there anyway. I was born and raised in a very artistic household. I went to drama classes at school. My mother is an incredibly artistic woman... I think that regardless of whether or not my father was gay, I would have sought out creatively passionate people."