Monthly gay glossy Out got a lot of attention when they featured ever-ambiguous singer Mika on their cover last year. The British-bred Lebanese-born stunner said that he refused to categorize his sexuality. So, what’s he have to say now? More of the same, of course…
Q: Letâ€™s talk about the reaction to your Out cover story.
A: So how did it go?
Q: On our side? There were a lot of people who were just thrilled to see it and hear what you had to say. And we also got a lot of flak, people who said, â€œHow could a magazine called Out put someone on the cover who seems ashamed to admit heâ€™s gay?â€
A: Thatâ€™s nonsense.
Q: Whatâ€™s your reaction to that?
A: Yeah, well, Iâ€™m sure you heard that a lot. But I always polarize opinions, whether itâ€™s my private life or the music that I make, and Iâ€™ve had to deal with that over the past year. I think thatâ€™s been one of the biggest learning curves. Iâ€™ve gotten a huge amount of success, but if you had any idea of the amount of flak that I get for the kind of songs that I write or the way that I talk about or refuse to talk about almost any private aspect of my life — youâ€™d be pretty astonished. And one of the biggest challenges that Iâ€™ve had is just saying to myself, You know what? Just stay the same. Stay the way that you are. I can understand that you got polarized opinions. Of course you were going to. That doesnâ€™t surprise me.
Q: Do you think thereâ€™s a way to describe your sexuality without using labels?
A: Of course thereâ€™s ways of discussing sexuality without using labels. I think that if you want to discuss sexuality or just kind of sexual things to begin with, I think there definitely is. I think thatâ€™s far more interesting than talking about whether someone is agreeing to or refusing to use labels. I think thatâ€™s what your article — and definitely your [cover] headline [Mika: Gay/Post-Gay/Not Gay?] was getting at.
Q: Is that a conversation you want to have more of? Is it that you wonâ€™t talk about anything in your life regarding sex, or that you donâ€™t want to talk about it in the terms that people have been asking you to?
A: Iâ€™ll talk about my opinions, and Iâ€™ll talk about my music, and Iâ€™ll write about my opinions or about my personal life stories in my music. I will not talk about labels, and I will not talk about over-categorizing things, because labels are the one thing that Iâ€™ve never agreed with — simply because I just donâ€™t fit into them in my own personal life.
Girl must be freaky!