Exclusive | Christine and the Queens on sexuality, subversion, and conquering the musical world

As 2016 comes to a close, one of the year’s biggest breakout stars, Christine and the Queens, is on the cover of Attitude's January issue - available to download now and in shops next Wednesday (December 7) After wowing crowds at Glastonbury and dominating the charts with one of 2016’s most celebrated albums, Chaleur Humaine, the 28-year-old - real name Héloïse Letissier - talks frankly about her sexuality, gender fluidity, and making it as a queer artist in the music industry. Discussing the moment she discovered sex as an enjoyable experience, the 'Tilted' singer recalls: "It was with my first sexual experience with my first girlfriend. I was 17, I think. I was totally, madly in love. Sexuality is wonderful when you do desire someone. "There is nothing more beautiful than to desire someone and to actually make love to someone you desire. It's not even about the performance or how fast you cum. It's about desiring someone and properly making out with them. "It's like this is a fantastic thing that will keep me alive for a long time." christinequeens2 As well as identifying as pansexual - "gender does not change anything for me" - Christine reveals that she considers her own gender identity to be "fluid", and that she is currently overhauling her image as she works on her second album. "I want more abs, more muscles everywhere. I go to the gym five days a week, that’s commitment," she says. "When I’m in the gym I watch men doing push-ups and I want to do as much. I think I’m properly gender fluid. The macho thing I do understand, as well. I find it attractive in macho girls. It’s about subversion." You can read our full feature with Christine and the Queen and see her exclusive shoot in Attitude’s January issue, available to download now from It’s in shops next Wednesday (December 7), and print copies are available to order globally from att278_xtine_150 More stories: Campaigners call for national AIDS memorial in London These HIV-positive gay men are stripping off to tackle HIV stigma