“Are these songs about my relationship with a man? I say yeah.”
British-based, Lebanese-born pop singer Mika has confirmed he’s gay in an interview with Instinct magazine.
Ending years of speculation, he had already said he was bisexual in a 2009 interview, but now seems happy to ‘set the record straight’ – so to speak – describing himself as gay in the latest interview.
Instinct reveals a few quotes from their interview with the 28-year-old Grace Kelly singer for an upcoming issue. “If you ask me am I gay, I say yeah. Are these songs about my relationship with a man? I say yeah. And it’s only through my music that I’ve found the strength to come to terms with my sexuality beyond the context of just my lyrics. This is my real life.”
There was much about Mika’s debut album Life in Cartoon Motion which had prompted assumptions that the artist had a certain gay sensibility. The track Billy Brown told the story of a married man who embarked on an affair with another man. He sang:
Oh, Billy Brown had lived an ordinary life
Two kids, a dog and the precautionary wife
While it was all going accordingly to plan
Then Billy Brown fell in love with another man
And right from the early days of his career, Mika’s been aware of his a large gay fanbase. “I think I’ve been supported by the gay community hugely, if not pioneered by them,” he said in 2007. “I was pushed by the gay press in the UK before anyone else was pushing me… and I’m very proud of [that].”
Mika’s third studio album The Origin of Love is out next month.