'If you can't love yourself, how can you love anybody else, baby?'

Christine & The Queens kicked off her UK tour at Brixton Academy last night, where she paid tribute to RuPaul in an emotional speech.

Florence Welch was in attendance at the sold out London show, in which Christine, her band and dancers were visibly humbled by the reaction they received for their visual spectacular – as many standing ovations erupted throughout the evening.

At one point, the ‘Tilted’ star paid tribute to the capital, as it was in London where Héloïse Letissier met a collective of drag queens who first helped her find her voice and form the concept of Christine & The Queens.

“Speaking of drag queens – RuPaul tweeted me,” she said to the elation of the crowd. “That’s like being baptised man…to quote her ‘if you can’t love yourself, how can you love anybody else, baby?'”

Bidding farewell to the audience, she said: “I feel like Bruce Springsteen, but without all the CDs”. She added that was a “tiny French singer with a tiny French repertoire,” but would return soon with a second album.

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Christine & The Queens recently spoke out against Donald Trump, comparing his campaign to a ‘cycle of destruction’.

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I would say Hillary because I don’t really believe Trump could win because I don’t want to believe it, but then again who knows?

“It’s like Brexit. I remember at Glastonbury, talking to about my labelmates about it, the night before, and we were like, “That can’t happen; this is impossible,” and then the next morning everyone was like, “What?!””

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On 25 November, Christine & The Queens’ reissues her breakthrough album ‘Chaleur Humaine’ with six bonus tracks, and a live DVD of her concert filmed at the Zenith in Paris.

Her remaining UK tour dates are below.

Thu November 03 2016 – LONDON O2 Academy Brixton
Fri November 04 2016 – MANCHESTER O2 Apollo
Mon November 07 2016 – GLASGOW O2 Academy Glasgow