A teenage singing sensation who underwent gender reassignment treatments from the age of 12 is tipped for chart success.

Kim Petras, 16, became a cult hit on social networking website MySpace and landed a record deal. She is about to release her first album.

“My music is most important to me at the moment. It’s the way I can best express myself,” she said.

“I know that because of my past people will always bring up the subject, I can’t get away from it.

“But I hope that one day I might be better known for my music than for my past.”

Three years ago doctors confirmed that Kim, who is German, is transsexual. Since then she has undergone hormone treatments.