05/14/2013 10:23 am ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Natalie Maines Reveals 'Lesbian Girl Crush' On Rachel Maddow, Talks Gay Fans And New Hair

Dixie Chicks lead singer Natalie Maines revealed a same-sex crush on an MSNBC heavyweight in an intimate new interview.

"I love Rachel Maddow. She would be my lesbian girl crush," the singer tells PrideSource's Chris Azzopardi. "She's hot! And she's smart and beautiful ... and I like her hair."

Maines, 38, also believes that the controversy that ensued after she publicly criticized President George W. Bush made her connection to her already burgeoning gay fan base even stronger. "After the controversy, I feel like there was even more of a connection, and that's just because we both know how it feels to be hated just for who we are -- not for doing anything, bothering anyone, murdering anyone or being arrested," she notes. "Just for being us. Apparently, that's not good in some people's eyes."

Of her new punk 'do, she points out, "With two kids, there's not enough time in the day to spend on what I look like; this is a much easier look. And it fits my personality more. I had short hair growing up, and it always felt right for me."

You can read the full PrideSource interview here.

Last week, the singer spoke out in defense of same-sex marriage, telling USA Today, "I'm pro-gay marriage. Pro-gay everything."

The singer is currently promoting her rock-tinged solo album "Mother," which is a departure from her country roots.



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