Kate Nash: “I would never say I’m straight. I don’t have an identity in that way.”


Kate Nash is a girl after my own heart. Most likely yours, too. The 23-year-old singer from London is best known for her piano-driven singles like “Foundations,” “Do-Wah-Doo” and “Merry Happy,” but if you have a chance to see her on this year’s Lilith Fair, you’ll see she’s got much more to her than most of her pop music counterparts.

Kate’s first date on the Lilith Fair 2010 was in Chicago, where I was determined to ask her about her song “I’ve Got a Secret” from her second album, My Best Friend is You, which was released earlier this year. The lyrics make its theme quite obvious:

I’ve got a secret I can’t tell you / You would judge / Why can’t we be friends/ You can’t pretend that you don’t love me / You don’t love me / Why can’t I kiss her lips? / Why can’t I be with him? / Homophobic pricks / Homophobic

At the daily press conference, Nash — sporting a short highlighted bob flipped up on the ends and dark black eyeshadow — explained how she came to pen the song.

“I recently, when I was writing the song at the time, had a few people close to me ‘coming out.’ [Air quotes] And it was interesting because it kind of made me aware, again, that it was a big deal to some people and that that prejudice is still very much in existence. And I’ve kind of grown up in London and have a very open minded family and friends and have done theater and friends in music and you kind of forget that that exists. You forget that people are still sort of evil and ignorant and I had these friends that are coming out and it’s a big deal, and I just wanted to write a song about it and make a point about saying that it’s a very wrong view and homophobia is very present in existence and it’s wrong and being gay.”

“I don’t even really agree in coming out,” she continued, “because I don’t think straight people come out and introduce themselves as being straight and why should somebody have to say ‘Hi, I’m gay.’ It just felt close to my heart and I wanted to make a point of it.”