Theresa May has revealed Abba 'gets me up and going'
Despite professing her love of disco in a light-hearted chat, the Prime Minister ruled out appearing on Strictly Come Dancing.
But she did reveal both her and husband Philip are romantics and she would spend any spare time cooking for him or out shopping.
Mrs May also denied it was lonely at the top and insisted politics was no longer a man's world.
In an interview with the Metro, she said: "No it's not, it's not a man's world.
Women sometimes do their politics in a different way, sometimes women do other jobs in a different way from the men
"I've been very heavily involved in the Conservative Party and bringing more women into parliament and we've got far more women now than when I came into parliament in 1997.
"I think one of the challenges is to ensure that people are able to be themselves.
"Women sometimes do their politics in a different way, sometimes women do other jobs in a different way from the men.
The Prime Minister ruled out appearing on Strictly Come Dancing
"What's important is people recognising that it's still valid. You don't have to do it in a stereotyped model. Just be yourself and do your best."
Mrs May picked Dancing Queen by Abba as one of her records for Desert Island Discs.
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Asked if that was the song that made her take to the dance floor, she replied: "That's what gets me up and going, yes! That's why I picked it – I thought it would be quite nice to have something that really got me moving.
"And I'm of a generation that remembers Abba very well."
But the PM said she was not intending to follow other politicians down the reality television show route.
"I'm certainly not intending to do one," she said.
Mrs May added that she had no time for a night out with friends.
"If I've got a genuine bit of time I might try and do a bit of shopping, grab a coffee. Where do I go? Ah, that would be telling. The other thing would be to just have an opportunity to sit down with my husband and do some cooking, and get one of my over 100 recipe books out."
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She added: "I'd hope that we're both quite prone to romantic gestures. But he is very good, he does buy flowers and he remembers anniversaries."
Mrs May, whose campaign has focused relentlessly on her leadership, denied there was too much of a cult of personality in politics.
"Obviously people are electing a government – they're electing a team who are going to take the country forward," she said.
"But of course they will want to know a bit about the person who's leading that team and who's going to be in charge. Hence the interest in the personality of the leader."
Being PM is a "huge privilege", she said.
"I wouldn't say lonely. It's a hugely responsible task.
"I think when you're in this post you realise it's a huge privilege and an honour to be Prime Minister but also you bear huge responsibility in relation to the country and people up and down the country."