Beth Ditto writes about 'going down on girls' in autobiography

Gossip singer completes work on her life story

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Gossip singer Beth Ditto has finished writing her memoirs, which are set to be released later in the year.

Her book, Coal To Diamonds, was co-written with poet Michelle Tea. The singer told NME that she'd not held back in terms of its content.

"The only stuff I'm embarrassed about talking about in it [the book] is the first Gossip album [2001's 'That's Not What I Heard']," she explained. "That was kind of embarrassing, but people already know about that."

She added: "In that first album there was stuff about going down on girls, which was pretty cringeworthy. But for the most part I just take it all in my stride, it's fine. I don't get embarrassed easily. I don’t. I could show you my butt cheeks now and I'd be fine about it."

Large parts of Coal To Diamonds will concentrate on Ditto's tough Arkansas-based childhood, her self-image and her sexuality.

"There’s some shit in there that is going to seriously shock the crap out of everyone," she said. "Things that’s going to make people forget about me eating squirrels. Totally eclipse it."

Ditto has recently been working on music with Simian Mobile Disco, releasing a new EP with them in January.

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