Three years after he told the world that he is bisexual, BRIT award-winning singer and songwriter Mika now says that he is gay.
The singer, whose best known work is ‘Grace Kelly’ has found his sexuality to become the subject of rumor since he entered the public eye in early 2007.
Mika told Instinct Magazine: “If you ask me ‘am I gay?’, I say yeah. Are these songs about my relationship with a man? I say yeah. And it’s only through my music that I’ve found the strength to come to terms with my sexuality beyond the context of just my lyrics. This is my real life.”
In 2009 during an interview with Dutch magazine Gay & Night he mentioned his reluctance to use labels, a frequent response to questions leveled 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 the Evening Standard.
London-based and educated at the prestigious Westminster School and the Royal College of Music.