Tutti frutti no more

Little Richard says he’s no longer gay, has abandoned all ‘unnatural affections’ toward men

Little Richard singing and playing the piano

Rock-and-roll legend Little Richard has an important announcement to make: He’s done with all that gay ish.

That’s right, folks. The guy who gave us “Tutti Frutti,” a coded 1955 rock anthem about the joys of anal sex, says he’s abandoned all those “unnatural” tendencies of his past and has instead devoted his last years to the teachings of Jesus H. Christ.

During a sit-down with 3ABN, the 84-year-old, who once described himself as both “gay” and “omnisexual”, said he’s through wearing makeup and wigs and singing about behaving badly.

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“Anybody come in show business, they’re going to say you’re gay. Are you straight? Are you a homosexual something? They’re going to say it,” Richard said. “But God, Jesus, he made men, men, he made women, women, you know? And you’ve got to live the way God wants you to live.”

He continued, “You know, all these things. So much unnatural affection. So much of people just doing everything and don’t think about God. Don’t want no parts of him.”

This is quite a departure from what Richard told GQ just five years ago, in 2012, when he said: “We are all both male and female. Sex, to me, is like a smorgasbord. Whatever I feel like, I go for. What kind of sexual am I? I am omnisexual!”

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Richard now says his belief in Jesus is what saved him and he sincerely believes it can save others, too.

“Regardless of whatever you are, he loves you. I don’t care what you are. He loves you and he can save you,” Richard told interviewers. “All you’ve got to do is say, ‘Lord, take me as I am. I’m a sinner.’ But we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.”

He added: “The only holy, righteous person is Jesus and he wants us to be just like him because, in order to go to Heaven, we’ve got to look like him. I don’t want to sing rock and roll no more.”

“I want to be holy like Jesus.”