Beth Ditto: “I Feel Sorry for People Who’ve Had Skinny Privilege and Then Have It Taken Away from Them”
It should come as no surprise that Gossip front woman Beth Ditto had a lot to say in her recent interview with The Advocate. A new book to promote — her memoir Coal to Diamonds is now on sale — is reason enough for any celebrity to give revealing interviews, but let’s give Ditto a little more credit. As one of the fiercest and most fearless women in rock and roll, she’s always been candid and proud of who she’s become — the interview and memoir just give us a little bit better of an idea of how she got there. While musically, Ditto is a daughter of the Riot Grrrl punk movement, her actual childhood fraught with sexual abuse (committed by her uncle) and poverty (her gold record currently hangs in her mother’s double-wide trailer).
Freaky Friday facts
This year is a special one for Friday the 13ths: There are three of them: Jan. 13, April 13 and July 13. The freaky thing? The dates fall exactly 13 weeks apart. That hasn’t happened since 1984.