Australian pop star Kylie Minogue has praised her gay fans for their loyalty.

In an interview with news service Reuters, Minogue said the U.S. leg of her world tour to promote her 11th studio album Aphrodite was a success thanks to her gay fan base.

“Europe and Australia and all the territories I guess I'm more of a household name,” Minogue said. She then gestured as to model an invisible product and joked: “Actually made myself sound like a detergent then. I know: new and improved.”

“I think here, my core fan base has been my gay audience,” she added. “They've really been with me through thick and thin. Yeah, they are the ones who've been raising the roof each night of the show.” (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page.)

The 43-year-old Minogue is a certifiable gay icon who earned her status by performing at Gay Pride parades and supporting gay-related causes.

She wrapped up the North American leg of her world tour with a performance at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas last month. The 76-city tour ends on July 14 in Cape Town, South Africa.