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The Love + Fear singer on returning to the world of pop, removing herself from the toxicity of stan Twitter, and the close affinity between gay men and female artists.
Photography Laura Allard-Fleischl

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There was a time not so long ago that Marina Lambrini Diamandis – the singer formerly known as Marina and the Diamonds, who has now adopted the mononym MARINA – thought she would never do a glamorous photoshoot again. “I went through a phase where I didn’t want my face to be on anything,” she says. “I didn’t want to wear makeup. I felt like identifying with how I looked was gross.”

After the tour for her last album, the singer experienced what can only be described as a bout of ennui. Having released three albums over five years, starting with the theatrical The Family Jewels in 2010 and ending with Froot in 2015, she announced on Twitter that she was “taking a little break to do some different things”. Behind the scenes, though, Marina was in crisis.

This isn’t the person I’m confronted with when, late on a grey afternoon, I enter an office-turned-photo-studio in central London to find the 32-yearold head-to-toe in Moschino with hair the size of a small mountain. “I don’t think it’s ever been this big!” she beams when she catches me eyeballing it. All around her, makeup artists and stylists buzz with brushes and accessories while Janet Jackson’s All For You plays on a small stereo.

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Celebrating the LGBTQ affinity with music, each voice in this special issue of Gay Times Magazine is committed to advancing the journey of queer people across the globe, while also giving us plenty of bops to get emotional to, identify with, but most importantly, play loudly and proudly in celebration. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ Gay Times Magazine, as so many of our favourite pop stars, has been on a rollercoaster of evolution, and tomorrow we too will enter a new era. With our 500th consecutive issue just around the corner, every single step of the Gay Times Magazine production process has been upgraded. From paper stock to set design, typography to couture - we're truly able to offer a premium product, in the vibrant quality that our community deserves. ⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣⁣ In this issue: Pabllo Vittar, Lauren Jauregui, MARINA, Will Young, Girli, Allie X, Violet Chachki, Aaron Porter, Sateen, Miss Benny, Greyson Chance, ARUN plus fashion, travel and opinion pieces from all over the world!