She's been called a "brat", she's been told she "dresses like a prostitute" and she apparently once "set her neutered dog's testicles on fire". Ever since decided to leave hit US TV show Gossip Girl just under a year ago to front New York rockers The Pretty Reckless full-time, Taylor Momsen has attracted all kinds of negative tabloid headlines. In this week's Kerrang! magazine Taylor sets the record straight once and for all.
"I'll admit that I'm a little crazy," she tells K!. "But let's put it this way, I have a female dog named Petal and she does not have, nor has ever had, any balls!"
WHAT'S THE BEST RUMOUR YOU'VE HEARD ABOUT YOURSELF?
"There's been some fairly repetitive ones like 'Her eyes are as black as her soul' and 'She worships the devil.' One gossip magazine even interviewed a girl who claimed to have gone to school with me and she was like 'I saw her house and she has an alter to Satan in her closet' (laughs). A lot of people try and make out like I'm this crazy psycho, but I'm like 'Where are you getting this from? I have never met you.'"
HOW DO YOU COPE WITH BEING IN THE SPOTLIGHT AND ALL THE NEGATIVITY THAT CAN COME WITH THAT?
"Well, I don't own a computer, so the most I see is when people tell me about it. I just ignore it and try to live my own life. If you think about it like high school or college then you've got your circle of friends - my band [guitarist Ben Phillips, bassist Mark Damon and drummer Jamie Perkins] are my friends - then outside of that there's going to be people that don't like you, there's going to be people that talk about you, and there's going to be people that go 'Wow! Look how big her shoes are!' no matter where you are. This is just high school on a massive, massive scale. So I ignore what people say and focus on my music and doing what I do."
To read the full interview, be sure to pick up a copy of this week's Kerrang! magazine.