Ladyhawke believes that music labels have always “struggled” with her.
The 42-year-old singer – real name Phillipa Brown – believes labels never really knew “what to do with [her]”.
Reflecting on her journey in the music industry, she explained, “I think as Ladyhawke people never really knew where to put me.
“The labels struggled, and no one knew what to do with me.”
The singer was actually urged by labels to stay silent on her sexuality early in her career.
She told NME: “I remember early in my career I was told that I was not allowed to talk about my sexuality. ‘Don’t tell anyone you have a girlfriend’ was the advice I was given.
“I was also told ‘No one wants to see you walking down the street holding a girl’s hand.’ And I remember thinking, ‘I’m sure a lot of people would, actually.’
When asked if she had been asked to hide her sexuality because labels wanted her to be desirable for men, Ladyhawke replied, “I guess that’s what it is. never asked.I just couldn’t.
“It’s something that I always get therapy for because it really messed me up, feeling like myself wasn’t enough, you know? I’m so glad it’s different now.”
The music star was recently diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder.
When asked what the impact was on her life, she explained, “It’s not the [kind] that you always see in TV shows or movies wherever you want, turn the switch on or off and wash your hands a million times – these are cyclical thoughts.
“I’m obsessed with something, then the thought spins, spins, spins, spins, spins, spins in my head until I can’t function anymore.”