Rock chick KT Tunstall has revealed her gratitude to her gay and lesbian following in an interview with a daily newspaper.

The 30-year-old singer told the Daily Mirror she was proud to have a massive lesbian fan base, she said: “There’s always a gay crowd up the front at my gigs. It’s a huge compliment.”

“I think it’s because I’m a singer-songwriter with a personality – balls and some sassiness.”

She said her drummer boyfriend, Luke Bullen, couldn’t be more pleased, “No man would be too upset that lots of young, attractive lesbians like his girlfriend.”

“He thinks it’s great.”

The Scot believes she unintentionally sent out mixed messages about her sexuality when she wore a pair of rainbow-patterned braces on her record cover. She said she only realised the implications when a friend in the US sent her a text saying: “The girls in San Francisco are loving your braces.”

Miss Tunstall added: “I was on stage in Dublin when I heard a girl in the crowd shout: ‘KT, you’re a lesbian!’ What the hell do you say to that? I didn’t want to upset the lesbians but I didn’t want to make out I was one.”

“I said: ‘You can’t say that!’ Then I realised that none of the other 1,500 people there had heard her. So I said: ‘That girl just called me a lesbian.’

“At the end of the gig, a roadie handed me a note from the woman. It said: ‘KT, I was saying ‘legend’.”

KT- short for Kate- lives with drummer boyfriend Luke, 33, and is in New York on a month-long US tour. Her album Eye To The Telescope, which has sold 1.2 million copies in the UK, went on sale there yesterday.

Her hits include Suddenly I See, Other Side Of The World, Black Horse The Cherry Tree and Under The Weather.