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 and I feel you need to stand for something otherwise you get lost," she told Radio Times.
"Women get judged more easily. A girl can make a fuss and she's a diva but a guy does the same and he's 'tough'. There's a complete double standard.
"It's easier for a girl to get 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 about her alcoholic past, relationships and sexuality, but despite being outspoken, she admitted she still lacks confidence.
"I'm probably one of the least confident people you'll meet. This industry definitely 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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