Meat Loaf: I'm a guilty pleasure
Meat Loaf has said he is happy for his music to be thought of as a guilty pleasure.
The Bat Out Of Hell rocker told The Times he likes the comparison as it makes him feel wanted like ice cream and chocolate.
Meat Loaf said: "Yeah, why not? I think that's wonderful. Analyse that for a while. It's like ice cream, it's like chocolate. I'm like chocolate and ice cream. I'm like everything you really want to do."
But the actor and singer insists his "clown" reputation is all an act.
He said: "I am a very deep thinker. Even though I have the name Meat Loaf and I appear to be a clown, over the top, it's a persona.
"On Popstar To Operastar I was trying to be serious and they came in right before the show started and went 'Um, can you do Meatisms?' and I went 'OK, fine, I getcha.' One of my first comments was 'WOW! That was like two girls kissing in the subway!'"
Meat Loaf's new album Hang Cool Teddy Bear is released by Mercury on April 19.