Scots rocker Shirley Manson has hit out at her reputation for being wild - and puts it down to the fact she's a frank-talking female.

The GARBAGE singer is amazed so much press is heaped on ladies who lead a wild life, because male musicians are celebrated for being hedonistic.

She says, "I don't know why I have this reputation. It's probably because I'm opinionated and not shy about saying what I feel.

"Women, of course, are supposed to be a certain way and the record industry would still have us act in a way that appeals to frustrated schoolboys.

"Look at someone as incredibly talented as Courtney Love. Men have behaved in exactly the same way as she has and they've been idolised for it, or at worst have gained some kind of sympathy."

29/03/2005 17:46