10 things to know about christine and the queens

Watch the throne: a handy guide to the French singer set to blow up on the world stage

by i-D Staff
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11 November 2015, 5:37am

Pairing a uniform of sharp suits with dance moves somewhere between Usher and Ellen Degeneres, Héloïse Letissier aka Christine and the Queens is the airy-voiced pop sensation on the verge of international stardom. The charismatic French vocalist's debut, Christine, is a combination of playful lyrics, slamming production and suitably angst-ridden themes that sent the arts-theatre graduate five times platinum in her home country. After pressing play a few times, we caught up with Christine to find the 10 things we'll need to know about her when she takes over the world. 


1. Music came into the picture a little later in her career...
"I wanted to be a writer until I was twelve years old. Then I wanted to be a stage designer until I was in my twenties. Since Christine is both a writing technique and a stage character, I guess she was just meant to be."

2. She knows it pays to be cautious...
"I'm terribly afraid of dying, so I'm usually scared of: planes, every single disease that can exist and dangerous staircases."

3. She enjoys her own company...
"I'm a loner - I used to be a really reclusive child, and I still need days alone."

4. Christine had a hand in every step of her new album's production...
"I wrote and co-produced every one of my songs, pitched three of my videoclips and directed two more, and staged my french arena tour. I guess the main information is : I'm a happy control freak."

5. She's a true Gemini twin...
"I'm not a strong believer in astrology, but alas, I'm definitely a Gemini, shy but totally at ease on stage, ambitious but self-depreciating, full of joy but easily weighed down, extremely old but incredibly childish, etc, etc."

6. Like all of us, Christine struggles with body image...
"I learnt to love my body over the years but I wish it could shapeshift, because the fifteen-year-old boy in me never quite know what to do with it."

7. Christine FM exists exclusively for her...
"Whenever I have some time, I run a very sophisticated radio show in my mind, with incredible mashups, extravagant playlists and catchy jingles."

8. She's got a bit of Eliza Thornberry in her...
"I never know how to behave around humans, but I'm always really comfortable around any animal."

9. Fosse is her everything...
"My favourite movie is All that Jazz by Bob Fosse. I totally relate to its main character."

10. She's a Foreigner fan...
"I want to know what love is. I want you to show me." 

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