FORMER Jethro Tull rock star David Palmer has become a woman called Dee.

The 66-year-old keyboard player with the legendary 70s group proudly revealed yesterday that he's had a sex-change.

With long blonde hair and wearing make-up and black leggings, she told of her transformation.

She said: "I want to be judged on my musical ability alone, and nothing else."

Speaking from the Spanish resort of Lanzarote - where she is recording her first solo album - Dee acknowledged that many fans may be shocked.

She said: "Yes, you are speaking to the person you thought I was - the keyboard player in Jethro Tull, for many years, one of the biggest bands in the world."

But the former soldier in the Royal Horse Guards and Fellow of the Royal Academy of Music has no plans to give up the rock'n'roll lifestyle she loves.

Next month she plans to launch a British tour under her new persona.

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