Saturday, 07. March 2015
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Austrian Eurovision winner Conchita Wurst has had a tattoo of the woman who inspired her to go for Eurovision fame - her mother Helga.
Conchita, real name Tom Neuwirth, 25, grew up in the small village of Bad Mitterndorf in Styria, and revealed that being gay in a small village had been tough - but that her mother had always supported her.
Mum Helga, 52, said: "As a mother you want the best for your child, I am so happy she is accepted now. It was a hard time, especially after Tom had come out that he was gay, when I'd go into the village. People here hadn't accepted that this was the way it was."
Conchita said: "It was shortly before my 18th birthday when I came out and admitted that I was gay. If you are prepared to admit to others and to yourself who you really are, then you can have a fantastic life. Of course, you need to have a thick skin to get through it all.
From the age of 14, she went to the fashion school in the city of Graz, and around that time had also taken up singing.
Mum Helga said: "A few days before Eurovision Conchita made a surprise visit. We wished her well and she got a great reception from the villagers."
Conchita said: "I was really nervous, but they were as well. I went to see them, and I had a present for my mum - I had had a tattoo of her put on my back. She's not the biggest fan of tattoos. I did not even know if she'd recognise herself but she did. I told her it was 4 hours of pain, and asked how long it took before I was born.
"She said she couldn't remember, but my dad said it was from 5am until 5pm. I guess that means mum won. I wanted to show her, she suffered because of me, maybe I can do a bit of suffering to honour her as well.
"I also did it because she's the most important person in my life. A mum is a mum, no-one can replace her."
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