In the late-'90s, Robyn took the pop charts by storm with her hit singles 'Show Me Love' and 'Do You Know (What It Takes).' Then she disappeared. "I never felt at home in the pop industry," the singer tells OUT. "I was just not that kind of person."

She was, however, a talented singer-songwriter aching to make music that meant something, so she left the world of mainstream pop behind to return to her native Sweden to find her voice. Recharged and in charge, Robyn has re-emerged as a force to be reckoned with.

Last year, Robyn's 'Body Talk' albums stormed the U.S. with the infectious dance music that has made her a superstar in Scandinavia. With her fame again on the rise in America, the singer talked to OUT about her early days competing with Britney Spears, her unconventional childhood in Sweden, being mistaken for a lesbian and her very private personal life.

On her unusual upbringing and why she wasn't cut out for the mainstream pop world:
"I never felt at home in the pop industry. My parents had a theater company, and I was exposed to a lot of different things as a kid. My mom is an actress, and she was always playing a man or a witch -- they were never typical roles. She had a shaved head and she'd come to pick me up at daycare and I'd walk on the other side of the street because I thought she was so ugly. You just want your mom to be pretty. Even though it occurred to me that my mom was different, it didn't occur to me that my upbringing was unusual. Because I grew up in such an alternative family, I think I had a very naïve image of what making pop music would be like. [By the time my second album came out] Britney [Spears] and Justin [Timberlake] had entered the same world as me, and they were like kamikaze pilots who just did everything right. I was just not that kind of person, so right then I already knew I wasn't going to be around for that. They just did it so much better than I did."

Read more from Robyn's Out interview below.