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Beyoncé: 'I've always connected to my gay fans'

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Beyonce performs at the 2011 Glastonbury Music Festival

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Beyoncé has revealed that she has always felt a "connection" with her gay fans.

The 'Best Thing I Never Had' singer told PrideSource that she has always been surrounded by gay men and women. She added that she feels as though she is "one" with members of the LGBT community and has used their inspiration in her own music.

Beyoncé explained: "I've always had a connection. Most of my audience is actually women and my gay fans, and I've seen a lot of the younger boys kind of grow up to my music. It's great when I'm able to do the meet and greets, because I'm able to really connect and have conversations.

"People look at some of the artists that I admire - like Diana Ross and Cher - and they identity that glamour with Sasha Fierce, and I've been really inspired by the language. I have my (gay) stylists and my makeup artist, and all of their stories and the slang words I always put it in my music. We inspire each other. Like I said, we're one."

The 29-year-old also applauded her gay fanbase for their dedication to honesty and remaining true to themselves despite adversity.

Beyoncé added: "If anyone is brave and true to themselves, it's my gay fans. The amount of confidence and fearlessness it takes to do what maybe is not what your parents expect you to do or what society may think is different - to be brave and be different and be to yourself - is just so beautiful.

"It's the most beautiful thing you can be, and it's what we all want to be at the end of the day. And not worrying about satisfying or becoming what other people think you're supposed to be, that's like the ultimate dream - to just be that brave."

Beyoncé recently claimed that she can immediately tell when a song is going to become a hit.

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Watch Beyoncé's video for 'Best Thing I Never Had' below:

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