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Sophie Ellis-Bextor Credits Her LGBTQ+ Fans for Making Her Feel ‘Safe on Stage’

When she took to the stage during OUTLOUD at WeHo Pride on Saturday (June 1), Sophie Ellis-Bextor certainly did not kill the groove.

In an interview with Billboard News before her set, the “Murder on the Dancefloor” singer spoke about her love for Pride events, saying that she was honored to be included among artists such as Kylie Minogue, Janelle Monáe and plenty of others.

“It’s a very inclusive, supportive, warm audience,” she says. “I know we talk a lot about being your authentic self to the point where we kind of don’t think about what that means. But actually, being able to feel comfortable in your own skin is one of the biggest things you can do for someone … I think the fact you get that in a very pure form at events like Pride is just a really joyous thing.”

The singer added that after the shutdowns caused by COVID-19 in 2020 and 2021, Pride events have felt “particularly moving” for the last few years. “I know how significant that made family is for the community. So, the fact that people might have been at home and unable to see their friends was a really significant loss,” she says.” When we were all back together, and looking at this sea of very young faces, it made me feel quite emotional.”

Ellis-Bextor said that she can trace her journey as an artist through the various Pride events she’s played through her career. “I can kind of credit pretty much everything about how I perform to my relationship with my LGBTQ+ audience,” she says. “Because it’s been those shows that I’ve done that have really kind of crystallized and helped me feel safe on stage, excited and relaxed. My lack of inhibition is completely down to them.”

The singer has already had a massive 2024, thanks to the resurgence of “Murder on the Dancefloor” after the song was featured in Emerald Fennell’s 2023 thriller Saltburn. Climbing to No. 51 on the Billboard Hot 100 more than 20 years after it was originally released, Ellis-Bextor says she’s grateful to be seen by a whole new audience as a result.

“The whole reason I’m here in L.A. today is because of what happened with ‘Murder’ and Saltburn, because that’s what gave me the opportunity to tour here. It’s been amazing,” she says. “There will be some young people who only remember me as the ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’ lady — but to be honest, that’s absolutely fine with me.”

Watch Sophie Ellis-Bextor’s full interview with Billboard News above.

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