Charli XCX credits gay people for her rise to the top of the charts

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Charli XCX has said her surge to the top of the charts is down to gay people.

The British singer struck gold last month with her self-directed Boys video, which featured male celebrities including Tom Daley and Joe Jonas doing everything from playing with babies to pillow fights.

And the 25-year-old, who’s also found success with hits like Boom Clap, told Australia’s Star Observer that much of the credit for her pop star status should go to gay people.

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“I feel like the gay community were among the first to celebrate my music,” she said.

“They’re always the first to jump on board and rep an artist, and I’m always really happy and thankful I can play so many of my shows at gay clubs.”

Charli XCX came to prominence after her appearance on the soundtrack of young adult rom-com The Fault In Our Stars, but said gay support had made this rise possible.

The performer, who has spoken out against anti-gay legislation, added that she was delighted to be able to help her LGBT+ fans through difficult situations.

“LGBTI people always reach out to me and say my songs have helped them get through their relationship break-up, and that they were important to them when they were leaving their partner,” she said.

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The star added: “I think that’s really sweet.”

She said she intends to pay back that support by continuing to use her fame to help advance LGBT rights.

“I think as people in the public eye we have a huge platform, and it’s always important to champion causes you love,” the singer explained.

“And the LGBTI community has been close to me because of how I came up in the scene and also I have a lot of friends that are part of that community.

“I always try to head along to Pride to celebrate and speak out for LGBTI rights.”

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And she had a message for her LGBT+ fans.

Speaking directly to them, she said: “I love you guys and thank you for your support, I can’t wait to party with you.”

Charli XCX, who has released two number one singles, said she was originally inspired to become a singer by gay icon Britney Spears.

“I remember seeing her music videos and thinking: ‘She’s so cool, I want to be her.’”