The Darkness' Justin Hawkins
has claimed that he "connects with a gay audience".
Speaking to the Guardian, the flamboyant frontman insisted that although his sexuality is his private business, he and his bandmates had found popularity with a gay audience because they're not "men's men".
"My sexual persuasion is no one's business but my own - but I'm easily persuaded,"
he said. "Just kidding."
"It's funny because it came up recently in a German interview. They reckoned that when you Google Justin Hawkins, one of the first things that comes up is "Is Justin Hawkins gay?"
He then added: "And I'd like to think that's because there's something I do that connects with a gay audience."
Speaking about he and his bandmates' style, meanwhile, he said: " Yeah. I think we're all a bit effeminate. We're not men's men, much as we may appear to be so."
The Darkness released "Hot Cakes"
, their first album since 2005's "One Way Ticket To Hell And Back"
, on August 20. The band are set to support Lady Gaga
on her European stadium tour this Autumn, including a pair of dates at London's Twickenham on September 8 and 9.
Thanks to NME
for the report.