Coming Out

Singer Calum Scott was ‘totally abandoned’ by friends after coming out

Danai Nesta Kupemba June 19, 2022
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Calum Scott has revealed that his friends turned against him when he came out (Photo by Neil Kitson/Redferns)

Singer Calum Scott has recalled being “abandoned” by a lot of his friends after he bravely came out as gay.

The former Britain’s Got Talent winner opened up about the impact of his coming out in an interview Metro on Friday (17 June) and how being the pain of being rejected inspired his new single “Boys in the Street”.

Scott said that when he told his friends at the age of 13 they essentially unfriended him. “I told my friends and was totally abandoned,” he explained. “So I understand the pain that comes with being misunderstood and not feeling like you’re part of anything.

“I wanted to skateboard and BMX and do all the stuff that we did because I was 13, 14 years old. Girls were coming into our group and I was just like, I want to skateboard.”

Although Scott had already told his parents and they accepted him, the rejection from his friends left him questioning everything.

“It was very innocent for me at the time but then because I felt like I was different from them, all of a sudden I started scrutinising myself, got really down on myself to a point where I felt like I had to tell somebody and I’m a total mummy’s boy, so I trusted my mum” he said.

This experience stayed with Scott so much so that he penned new song “Boys in the Street” based on the rejection and abandonment he faced. 

“The beautiful thing about the way that the song is crafted is because it talks about that pain and then it starts to get a bit better,” he said

This isn’t the first time Scott has written a song based on his experience, like most songwriters he pulls from his own life.

His most popular single to date, “No Matter What”, was actually about how Scott came out to his mother and she told him she would love him “no matter what”.

Scott said: “When I released that song, it was me making peace with it and realising that actually my story’s one of hundreds and thousands and I thought, if I put that out there considering the kind of platform I have, this is the perfect opportunity for me to highlight a really important topic.”

Calum Scott’s new album Bridges is available now.

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