In an interview with UK glossy Gay Times, singer Courtney Love discusses the influence of her gay friends on her career.

The 49-year-old lead singer of Hole said: “When I was a kid I was definitely what you would call a fag hag because that's how I learned to dress and be extrovert and walk into a room.”

“But at the same time, [musician] Julian Cope taught me a lot about that when I lived in Liverpool and he wasn't gay.”

“I would say my freshman year of learning how to be a rock star was just hanging around drag queens, and my sophomore year was going to Liverpool and spending about two years with that crew of people and learning.”

Love, who has struggled with substance abuse and who was married to the late Kurt Cobain, was also asked what makes her a gay icon.

“I think it's surviving. It has to be. Surviving, and also the ability to do drag, to clean up nice. I might look like shit this morning, but you know, I clean up nice,” she said.

“And also … I've done things other people can't do. I've crossed over, I've been a movie star, I've lived through all sorts of crazy things I shouldn't have lived through. I've had huge ups, huge downs, and I've landed on my feet. I think that's what qualifies you,” she added.