Kylie Minogue has spoken out in defence of Rihanna and Miley Cyrus, stating that male pop stars are more likely to get away with bad behaviour than their female counterparts.
The Voice coach, who has been in the music industry for 26 years, said she respected "unapologetic" women like the two singers, and said that Miley had been made a "scape goat".
"I admire people like Miley, like Rihanna, girls that are just… they are quite unapologetic about what they're doing," Kylie, 45, told Sky News.
"Is it too much? It depends on what your personal taste is. But she's definitely a scapegoat for what might be happening in the broader sense of pop music.
"Let's not forget, there's always been sex, drugs and rock and roll," she added. "But the guys seem to get away with it."
Kylie, who split from her Spanish boyfriend of five years Andres Velencoso in October, also said that life as a pop star can be a lonely one. :(
"I definitely have moments where I'm quite morose," admitted the songstress, whose 12th studio album, Kiss Me Once, is set for release 18 March. "Everyone has to do it, you have to go down sometimes".
Kylie Minogue Kiss Me Once album review: 'Ranks among her best'
After 25 years in the game, it's easy to assume that Kylie Minogue would want to impart her pearls of wisdom in her music and turn out deeply personal records that are the result of years of artistic growth. But on the contrary, the latter 14 years of her career have seen the singer remain largely in the same lane, turning out solid-yet-harmless, chart-friendly songs that fall neatly between electro and disco on the pop spectrum.
As such, little else should be expected of her 12th studio album Kiss Me Once - and when considered as a collection of catchy pop songs, the results are impressive. Lead single 'Into The Blue' finds the 45-year-old taking the mature approach to dance by reflecting on the past over glitzy synths and elegant strings that soar on the chorus, but there's little to suggest that Kylie is considering handing down her glad rags anytime soon - from her recent signing to Jay Z's Roc Nation management to the cutely kitsch title of the album itself.
The list of producers and songwriters involved is dazzling if exhaustive - including Ariel Rechtshaid (Haim), Sia (Rihanna, Britney Spears), MNEK (The Saturdays) and Pharrell (everyone) - but Kiss Me Once hangs together surprisingly well in spite of this and rarely suffers from the 'too many cooks' syndrome that has plagued her recent efforts.
'I Was Gonna Cancel' is packed with Pharrell's usual slinky funk but has been given a necessary dash of disco sparkle, while 'Sexy Love' and 'Kiss Me Once' are essentially modern takes on her Pete Waterman classics, the latter packed to the brim with '80s nostalgia (it has church bells and everything!) courtesy of Sia.
What is surprising is a lack of obvious 'big single' moments. The album's only ballad 'Beautiful', an overly vocoded duet with Enrique Iglesias, will inevitably be released despite being one of the weaker offerings, while R&B-flecked sex jam 'Sexercize' is the only other song here likely to catch the attention of radio.
Regardless, Kiss Me Once is a triumph and easily ranks highly among the best albums of her career. The euphoric blasts of 'If Only' and soothing synths on 'Feels So Good' - a remake of Tom Aspaul's 'Indiana' - is where Kylie breaks new ground and sounds at her most exciting and re-energised, pointing to a singer who is far from ready to hang up her stilettos yet.
Buy Kiss Me Once on Monday if you like feeling good about yourself