A quote about Nick's youth reveals when he stopped (his words) "being one of the guys" and realised it was time to embrace his vagina-hood:
"Yes I was bullied a bit as a youth, I was. I got to a point when I was 11, 12, 13 years old where I didn't care, made myself an outsider to avoid that - stopped trying to be one of the guys - sort of said, 'fuck you, if you guys don't want me then I don't want you either.' And that's when things started to work out for me as a kid. That's when I found out who I was as a person"
Nick Valensi has spoken about his pregnancy which saw him develop uncomfortable complications.
The rocker and his British socialite spouse AMANDA DE CADENET welcomed twins in October 2006 but he reveals the lead-up to their birth was extremely painful.
He recalls, "I hoped it would get better, but it went from bad to worse. I developed fluid retention so my arms and feet swelled really badly. I had carpal tunnel syndrome and couldn't feel my hands from the elbow down.
"Towards the end I was so huge that I almost had to be rolled out of bed. I didn't see my feet for months. I couldn't sleep any my whole body itched. By the end I could only sleep standing up in the shallow end of the swimming pool, because water alleviated the weight of the babies.
"I'd put a towel on the poolside and just put my head down"
"Hi, I'm Nick Valensi. You might recognize me as that hot chick from the Strokes. And I'm here to talk to viewers like you about gender confusion. I went through twenty five years of pretending to be a man, because I was taught that embracing my she-nis was socially unacceptable, and dirty, and wrong. But then I realized that my lack of male sex organs is only a problem if I LET it be a problem. If I believe in myself, and I am confident about my slightly more than ambiguous gender, and I am a-okay with wearing my long, flowing, greasy locks in a ballerina bun, then I can achieve all my goals and dreams just as well as any real man. My vagina won't stop me from growing Howard Stern hair. It won't stop be from eating negative five hundred calories a day, and by god it will not keep me from snorting every powdered substance there is until I don't look like a Jew anymore, because I BELIEVE in myself, and I am confident with my she-nis, and for all you boys who are really girls (Tom Cruise, I'm talking to you!), burn your boxers and jockstraps and go invest in pretty lacy things from Victoria's Secret, BECAUSE HAVING A SHE-NIS IS JUST FINE. Right, ladies?"