But Ditto – at least Ditto in her 30s and in one-to-one conversation – is an unlikely rabble-rouser or, indeed, exhibitionist. She’s open and plainspoken, sure, but she’s just as happy to sit chatting about her preparations to marry her girlfriend, Kristin Ogata, next April. “She’s from Hawaii and I’m from Arkansas, and I’m like, this is going to be the most hilarious cultural matching,” she laughs. “It’s going to be hysterical.” But while her head is full of plans for the day – including the logistics of transporting her large family, including her mother and seven siblings, all of whom have “at least one child” to Hawaii – her eyes are also steadfastly fixed on the longer-term.

"I was born to be married. I just feel comfortable there. I love the idea of being partnered for ever. I love my girlfriend, we’ve been best friends since I was 18. There’s not a thing we haven’t been through except for marriage… We’ve had talks about what we would name our kids since we were in our 20s." Children, she says, are very much on the agenda.

(via Beth Ditto: ‘I’m constantly learning how to be confident’ | Music | The Observer)

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