The camp singer entered a school talent competition during his youth and shocked his fellow pupils in his transvestite guise.
Shears recalls, "In my teens I didn't know what to do with myself, so I did everything.
"For my high school gong show, I sported a wig and belted out I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU, calling myself, 'Whip-Me Houston'.
"I won a broken down motorcycle."13/12/2004 03:13