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Conchita Wurst On Coming Out And Shedding Gay Shame: “I Deserved A Fabulous Life Like Everyone Does”

photo by Anna Velikova, courtesy Attitude

Photo by Anna Velikova, courtesy Attitude

Eurovision 2014 winner Conchita Wurst has been enjoying her time as Queen of Europe since winning the international star search competition this month — her debut single, “Rise Like A Phoenix”, has been climbing the European charts and her whirlwind post-win press tour has captivated the attention of gay fans and crazy homophobes alike.

But the fearless queen isn’t letting her haters get to her. The 25-year-old Austrian’s historic victory has led Russia on an anti-gay tirade regarding the sanctity of television shows and a threat to withdraw from the competition altogether, but her mission to spread a message of tolerance continues on.

Last night, Wurst took the stage at London’s famous G-A-Y nightclub to perform her debut single for the first time in the UK. Before that, she sat down the Attitude to talk her idols, her beef with Russia, and how she pulled herself out of a tough childhood to become the world’s most beloved bearded lady.

On being inspired by Victoria Beckham:

I think Kim K looks stunning, so I take people who tell me that I look like her as a compliment. But my biggest inspiration is Victoria Beckham! I just adore her. I love her fashion. I love the fact she never smiled in pictures and that she is actually very funny. She is beyond chic. I was very young back then, but I used to love her in the Spice Girls. I was team Posh! I was always doing the finger point, I watched Spice World a million times. I love it.

Conchita Wurst and Graham Norton backstage at G-A-Y. Photo by Chris Jepson, via Twitter

Conchita Wurst and Graham Norton backstage at G-A-Y. Photo by Chris Jepson, via Twitter

On being hated by Russia:

I didn’t let it upset me – I was just surprised that people would invest so much time in something they do not like. For example, I do not like Miley Cyrus but I wouldn’t go on her Facebook page and post something nasty about her. I just won’t listen to her music. It’s the same with me. People can listen to my music or they can choose not to. I’m not forcing anyone to listen to me. But I do have to say to all those haters thank you for your attention, you clearly have a lot of time on your hands to spend thinking about little old me.

On spreading tolerance:

I’m not sure I can actually change anyone’s minds! I certainly don’t see myself as a role model, I am not perfect but I try to use what I have, the fame and attention to encourage tolerance and acceptance. It’s so sad that even in the 21st century it’s still a topic we have to talk about. The terrible laws in Russia are ridiculous and I hope I can do something to change the way people perceive gay men.

On her tough upbringing:

When I was a teenager, I had a tough time. I grew up in a small village and as small gay boy it wasn’t that easy. I tried to fit in as much as I could, I wanted to be part of the community. Being in a small village I was forced to hide being gay and I changed myself in every way I could imagine so that I could lead a happy life, and no one knew how I felt. But then eventually I came to the conclusion that I deserved a fabulous life like everyone does and then came out. My advice, do whatever you want as long as you’re not hurting someone. You should be allowed to do everything with your life.

Check out the rest of Attitude‘s interview with Conchita Wurst in the upcoming June 2014 issue, which also includes an interview with Olympic gymnast Louis Smithavailable for download on Wednesday, May 28. Visit Attitude.co.uk for more info.

Below, the official video for Conchita Wurst’s debut single, “Rise Like A Phoenix”.

By:           Matthew Tharrett
On:           May 25, 2014
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  • 10 Comments
    • Cam
      Cam

      Good for Conchita. Russia can go fuck itself. I hope she has a bunch more hits and becomes incredibly popular just to continue to piss Putin off.

      Putin will get so mad that even his weekly blow-job from Johnny Weir won’t be able to cheer him up.

      May 25, 2014 at 12:58 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • toberlin
      toberlin

      Cam:)LOL

      May 25, 2014 at 7:27 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • toberlin
      toberlin

      …and I am with her in the “dislike”on social medias.I surf a lot to research but social medias are no platform for me to discuss topics.

      May 25, 2014 at 8:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • michael mellor
      michael mellor

      This Austrian goose is in it for the money in my opinion. He’s a gimmick who is getting publicity for the way he looks. If he is homosexual, why isn’t he out and about with his boyfriend? Or is that too real a depiction of homosexuality?

      He’s a gimmick designed to make money and to make Europeans feel as if they are progressive on GLBT rights when in fact they aren’t.

      May 26, 2014 at 12:32 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • inbama
      inbama

      @michael mellor:
      Vocally, he is a really good chanteuse.

      May 26, 2014 at 1:48 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Maozedong
      Maozedong

      @michael mellor: he has a boyfriend

      May 26, 2014 at 3:43 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jabuka
      jabuka

      “This Austrian goose is in it for the money in my opinion. He’s a gimmick who is getting publicity for the way he looks. If he is homosexual, why isn’t he out and about with his boyfriend? Or is that too real a depiction of homosexuality?
      He’s a gimmick designed to make money and to make Europeans feel as if they are progressive on GLBT rights when in fact they aren’t.”

      Wrong on so many levels. He is not appearing with his boyfriend because he is playing a role. As Conchita he appears with her fictional boyfriend, who is also acting a role.
      As a gay male he doesn’t appear publicly at all, with of without his boyfriend, who is a private person, not a celebrity. It would ruin the illusion of Conchita.
      And it isn’t some new gimmick, created for the Eurovision. Conchita has been around for years.

      There is no conspiracy to make Europeans look progressive. She had to fight tooth and nail in order to achieve this. Homophobic opposition in Austria, in Europe, in Russia, was very active and ruthless. In the end, her win made many people realise how awful homophobia is and that gay people need more rights and respect. First day on Monday after her win the Austrian government announced a push for more rights for gay people. That counts for something.

      May 26, 2014 at 4:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jayj150
      jayj150

      @michael mellor: I knew it was a matter of time before the transgestapo came after Conchita. You’re just jealous because people take her way more seriously than all of you claiming to be ‘women’.

      May 26, 2014 at 5:56 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mezaien
      Mezaien

      Conchita, you good babe go for it be famous make money and make me as your husband.

      May 26, 2014 at 8:57 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • vklortho
      vklortho

      @jayj150: Do you have any proof they are trans or are you just spouting your paranoid nonsense again?

      May 27, 2014 at 11:00 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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