I have always been extremely sensitive to those that have gender identity issues as I feel like I have gone through it as well, if even on a smaller scale. I have always identified a fair amount with the female gender, and began at a certain point in MCR to express this through my look and performance style. So it’s no surprise that all of my inspirations and style influences were pushing gender boundaries. Freddie Mercury, Bowie, Iggy, early glam, T-Rex. Masculinity to me has always made me feel like it wasn’t right for me.
What is [the upcoming solo album] to me? A lot of it is discovering my place in music, which is that I don’t exactly fit in, and that’s really a good thing. It’s not really in an outsider way, this time. It’s not in an ‘us against them’ or a rebellious type way. I actually do fit, by not fitting, and that’s cool.