The BRIT Award-winning singer-songwriter Mika, whose sexuality has been the subject of rumour since he entered the public eye in early 2007, said this month, “Call me bisexual, if you need a term for me.”

In an interview with Dutch magazine Gay & Night he mentioned his reluctance to use labels, a frequent response to questions levelled at him over his sexual preferences, before commenting on bisexuality:

“I’ve never ever labeled myself. But having said that, I’ve never limited my life. I’ve never limited who I sleep with. … Call me whatever you want. Call me bisexual, if you need a term for me.”

In 2008 he told the US magazine Out that it was possible to discuss “sexuality without using labels”, and has not previously identified a term to use when describing his sexual preference, leading some commentators to coin neologisms such as ‘ambisexual’ and ‘gaybe’.

But his insistence on keeping his sexuality under wraps has led to hate messages and even one death threat: “It was over whether I am gay or not. He wasn’t happy that I won’t talk about my personal life like that,” he told thisislondon.co.uk.

London-based and educated at the prestigious Westminster School and the Royal College of Music, Mika has enjoyed appreciative critical reaction to his first studio album and the Gay & Night Magazine interview comes as he promotes his second, The Boy Who Knew Too Much, released in the UK this week.