Beth Ditto

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Beth Ditto
Beth Ditto - Gossip - Roskilde Festival 2012.jpg
Beth Ditto at Roskilde Festival 2012.
Background information
Born (1981-02-19) February 19, 1981 (age 33)
Origin Searcy, Arkansas, US
Genres Indie rock, post-punk, synthpop
Instruments Vocals
Associated acts Gossip

Mary Beth Patterson, known by her stage name Beth Ditto (born February 19, 1981, in Searcy, Arkansas),[1] is an American singer-songwriter, most famous for her work with the indie rock band Gossip (formerly The Gossip).[2]

Personal life

At 13, she moved out of her mother’s house and went to live with her aunt.[3] A resident of Portland, Oregon, she is a close friend of Scissor Sisters lead singer Ana Matronic, and considers her favorite song to be "Oh Bondage, Up Yours" by X-Ray Spex. She courted mild controversy in 2006 when, during an interview for NME magazine, she claimed to have eaten squirrels as a child, saying that "people in Arkansas just do – they'd think you were a freak if you ate squid there!"[4]

Ditto is known for her noticeable stage dances and her unique and revealing image. She classes herself as a punk, and thus does not wear deodorant or shave under her armpits, having once remarked that "I think punks usually smell".[5] She also formerly contributed an advice column on body image to The Guardian newspaper.[6]

In February 2009, she was featured in London as the cover model for the premiere of Love magazine with prominent public advertising.[7] On July 9, 2009, Beth's fashion collection for the UK retailer Evans was released for sale, both online, and in selected stores across the UK.[8]

Ditto on the premiere cover of London's Love Magazine. She has been an outspoken advocate for large women being body-positive and has been regularly photographed as an editorial model.

Ditto, who is a lesbian, is well known for her outspoken support of both LGBT and feminist causes.[9]

Her most recent modeling work consisted of opening the[10] Jean Paul Gaultier spring 2011 fashion show during Paris Fashion Week on October 2, 2010. Ditto released a memoir called Coal to Diamonds, which she co-wrote with Michelle Tea, in 2012.[11]

On March 15, 2013. she was arrested for second-degree disorderly conduct in Portland, Oregon outside the Bungaloo Bar (which had cut her off because she appeared to be inebriated) after throwing her shoes and purse away in the middle of the street and shouting "Obama! Obama!"[8] She was fined $435 after pleading no contest to the charge.[12]

In July 2013, Ditto married girlfriend Kristin Ogata in Maui, Hawaii. Ditto wore a gown by Jean Paul Gaultier; Ogata wore a jacket, shirt and shorts.[13][14][15]


"Beth Ditto EP" (2011)

Track listing

  1. "Do You Need Someone" - 6'04
  2. "Goodnight, Good Morning" - 7'00
  3. "I Wrote The Book" - 3'57
  4. "Open Heart Surgery" - 5'40
Year Chart Peak
2011 Australian ARIA Singles Chart[16] 86
2011 Media Control Charts 78
2011 Schweizer Hitparade 45


Year Single Peak
2011 "I Wrote the Book" 76[19] 14 24 59 Beth Ditto EP
As featured artist
2010 "Cruel Intentions"
(Simian Mobile Disco feat. Beth Ditto)
142 Temporary Pleasure
2013 "A Rose by Any Name"
(Blondie feat. Beth Ditto)
Ghosts of Download

Awards and nominations

  • 2006 – NMECool List – Won
  • 2007 – NME Awards – Sexiest Woman Of The Year – Nominated
  • 2008 – Glamour Awards – International Artist Of The Year – Won


  1. ^ "Beth Ditto". emusic. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Bio". The Gossip official website. Archived from the original on 2007-10-22. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  3. ^ Harrod, Horatia (2011-02-21). "Beth Ditto: the punk 'it' girl". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 2011-03-13. 
  4. ^
  5. ^ "Listen Up: I Don’t Think We’re In Kansas Anymore". psychoPEDIA. 2006-11-20. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  6. ^ "What Would Beth Ditto Do?". London: The Guardian. 2007-04-27. Retrieved 2009-07-14. 
  7. ^ Jo Clements (16 February 2009). "15-stone Beth Ditto launches Love magazine with nude shoot". Daily Mail. Retrieved 14 June 2009. 
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  9. ^ Beth Ditto (2007-06-08). "What would Beth Ditto do?". London: The Guardian. Retrieved 2008-03-06. 
  10. ^ "Jean Paul Gaultier - Spring/Summer 2011 ready-to-wear show.". Retrieved 2011-05-29. 
  11. ^ Lambda Literary ‘Coal to Diamonds’ by Beth Ditto and Michelle Tea
  12. ^ "Gossip singer Beth Ditto fined £286 ($435) after being charged with disorderly conduct". NME. March 25, 2013. 
  13. ^ "The Gossip's Beth Ditto is talk of the town: Singer marries long-term girlfriend Kristin Ogata". The Independent. July 24, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  14. ^ Sieczkowski, Cavan (July 24, 2013). "Beth Ditto Of Gossip Marries Kristin Ogata, Longtime Girlfriend, In Hawaiian Wedding". The Huffington Post. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
  15. ^ "Wedding belles! Barefoot Beth Ditto wears her dream Jean Paul Gaultier gown as she marries girlfriend Kristin Ogata". Daily Mail. July 24, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2013. 
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  17. ^ UK Singles Chart - Week Ending: 12 February 2011 The Official Charts Company, Retrieved 2011-02-15.
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  19. ^ Charts Stats "Charts Stats - Beth Ditto - EP", Charts Stats - UK Singles & Albums Chart Archive, March 13, 2011, accessed March 15, 2011.

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