One of Australia’s highest selling female artists, Missy Higgins, has come out as being “not so straight”.
Responding to a recent question from a lesbian magazine if she fitted their strapline of “not so straight girls” Higgins replied, “Um, yeah, definitely….I think a lot of people fall under that broad umbrella term.”
Rumours about Higgins’ sexuality have been swirling ever since her debut album The Sound of White brought her to national prominence. It spent 7 weeks at the top of the ARIA charts and went Platinum nine times over.
Higgins has always been coy about her sexuality, telling the Brisbane times in June this year: “I think it’s probably natural because I’m not a girly girl. I’ve always been a bit of a tomboy. I’ve said a few risque comments in interviews about bisexuality. People are going to speculate about people’s personal lives – the more successful they get, the more they want to know. It comes with the territory, I’ve just got to take it.”
When asked back in June if she was bisexual, her answer was pretty straight-forward. “You’re not going to get it out of me!” she exclaimed. “I don’t ever want to talk about anything like that, because it’s really no one’s business. I know [everyone] thinks that it is, and that’s all very well. I kind of expect it these days … it’s reasonable to want to know the general life structure of a person whose music you’re listening to. But I think when an artist expresses their desire for privacy on certain matters, it should be respected.”
The news today has been plastered on the front page of Sydney’s Sunday Telegraph, while international gossip blogger Perez Hiltion has welcomed Missy “to the gaybourhood”
The 24 year-old told the lesbian magazine that sexuality was “a fluid thing….I don’t think it’s necessary to have to define yourself by any label. If you’re comfortable with who you are and you know who you are on the inside, people will love you for it.’‘