The curious case of La Roux’s Elly Jackson

 
 

La Roux is the artist behind "Bullettproof," a song you’ve surely heard on the radio, on America’s Got Talent or at dance parties this summer. La Roux is 22-year-old Elly Jackson and Ben Langmaid, though he remains behind-the-scenes. Elly is the face of La Roux, and her androgynous style coupled with her artistic electro-pop has made her a favorite of gay women.

But is she gay? Queer? Into women at all? Last year, Jackson spoke with Heat magazine about her female fans, and it appeared she wasn’t interested in women:

It’s the fact that they think I want their bras — that’s what’s weird about it. One girl in Toronto stood there for ages with her boobs out. Everyone just thinks I’m a raging lesbian and I want to see everyone’s boobs. Sorry, I’m not.

However, she didn’t specify that she wasn’t into women at all. And six months later, she told another publication:

"I can appreciate other women. Beyonce is beautiful. But I find men or women sexy. The Mexican actor Gael Garcia Bernal is hot and I’ve always fancied James Dean — but weirdly, I want to look like the people I fancy. I don’t have a sexuality. I don’t feel like I’m female or male. I don’t belong to the gay or straight society, if there is such a thing. I feel like I’m capable of falling in love with other people. I’m not saying I’m bisexual, I’m just sexual!"

And then The Guardian ran an extensive profile of the singer:

Longing for the days of the gender-bending pop star, she is delighted that not only is fellow female synth siren Ladyhawke openly gay but that Ricky Martin has tentatively admitted to being bisexual. So is La Roux gay? "Nope," she says, on the Eurostar back to London. Has she swung both ways? "I love everything. I’m greedy." She is suddenly reticent. "Not necessarily in practice. In theory. I wouldn’t say even if I had." She takes the comic route out. "You can fall in love with vegetables. People have got married to aubergines before. Anyone," she declares, "is capable of falling in love with anyone."

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