Musician Rufus Wainwright has described a “very manly” tone to his seventh studio album, after always putting on “a lavish spectacle”.

In an interview with Stereogum, the 38-year-old American-Canadian songwriter says: “I do really want to maintain a kind of healthy attitude and toughness to the core of this band and have it really be about just the songs and the musicianship and not about dressing up like Judy Garland.

“I don’t think that took over necessarily, but this is a very kind of […] I hate to say it, but it’s kind of a very manly record, I think, which I think is cool. I’ve certainly made enough gay records.”

Wainwright announced in February that he had had a child with Lorca Cohen, daughter of Leonard Cohen.

Last year, he said he “knew” American rapper 50 Cent was gay, adding: “It’s okay, 50 Cent. Feel free to call me anytime. My boyfriend and I are experts. You can come over for dinner. And maybe dessert.”

Wainwright also describes his “bromance” with music producer Mark Ronson, with whom he collaborated on the album, which will be titled Out of the Game, saying their relationship is “just mano-to-mano, but without any manos”.

He later added it made their partners “not nervous, but definitely attentive to the situation”.