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THERE ARE POP STARS and then there’s Tori Amos: the singersongwriter who doesn’t so much break moulds as refuse to go near them. None of her albums to date sound the same, no two of her live shows stick to the same play list, and The Light Princess — the 2013 National Theatre musical for which she wrote the music and lyrics — was an uncompromisingly feminist fairytale.

Born Myra Ellen Amos, Tori has been doing things her way since winning a scholarship to a prestigious music school at the age of five, only to be expelled for playing by ear rather than learning to read music.

She forged ties with the gay community after making her professional performing debut in a gay bar when she was just 13, and after a tenure as front woman for Y Kant Tori Read (a riff on the fact she couldn’t read music), she broke out as a solo artist with Little Earthquakes in 1992. Her career has been testament to her insistence on marching to the beat of her own drum, or piano, which she’s played prolifically since she was two.

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On the cover: WORLD EXCLUSIVE Sam Smith interviewed by Elton John. Plus, Kele Okereke on being a gay dad, Drag Race's Peppermint, Tori Amos on fighting Trump, Beach Rats star Harris Dickinson, and is Hep C - the new gay stigma?