George Michael: My Gay Life Didn't Get Easier When I Came Out
The truth didn't necessarily set George Michael free, according to an interview in which he talks about publicly coming out.
George famously came out in 1998 after being arrested for "lewd conduct" (read: public sex) in a Beverly Hills park.
"For some strange reason, my gay life didn't get easier when I came out. Quite the opposite happened, really," he tells the BBC in an exclusive new interview.
"The press seemed to take some delight that I previously had a 'straight audience,' and set about trying to destroy that. And I think some men were frustrated that their girlfriends wouldn't let go of the idea that George Michael just hadn't found the 'right girl' [yet]. Which is still what a lot of my extended family still think!"
He also explains why he refuses to judge anyone for when they decide to come out:
"Because it's about family," he says. "In the years when HIV was a killer, any parent of an openly gay person was terrified. I knew my mother well enough that she would spend everyday praying that I didn't come across that virus. She'd have worried like that."
George released his first album in ten years, Symphonica, this week. It was recorded with a live orchestra and is George's first since he became sober following multiple drug possession-related arrests.
"I knew that one of the things that was going to keep me clean was rewarding myself with music," he says. "I knew regardless of anything else, singing in front of an orchestra was going to be inspirational. It would feed me."
Keep pushing, George!
What do you think of his reflections on coming out, Instincters?