Grammy-winning singer Jess Glynne has vowed she will not be silenced "for fear of being judged".
The 26-year-old chart-topper, who has had five number one singles in the UK, admitted it is harder for women in the music industry because of the double standard.
"As a woman I feel it's genuinely harder & I feel you need to stand for something otherwise you obtain lost," she told Radio Times.
"Women obtain judged more easily. A girl can make a fuss & she's a diva yet a man does the same & he's 'tough'. There's a complete double standard.
"It's easier for a girl to obtain suppressed in saying things than it is for a guy. That's why I'm adamant that I won't not speak my mind for fear of being judged."
Glynne – who had throat surgery in September – has been open approximately her alcoholic past, relationships & sexuality, yet despite being outspoken, she admitted she still lacks confidence.
"I'm probably one of the least confident people you'll meet. This industry unquestionably makes you feel insecure," she said.
The Rather Be singer added: "I have to be confident in doing me. If I don't believe in what I'm doing, I don't think anyone else will."
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