George Michael, born as Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, was a renowned British singer, songwriter, and record producer. His sexuality was a topic of interest and speculation throughout his career.
Early Life and Career
In the early years of his career, Michael was part of the duo Wham! with Andrew Ridgeley. During this time, his sexuality was not publicly disclosed. However, he later expressed that he believed his sexuality was always obvious.
Was George Michael Gay or Not?
Michael publicly declared his homosexuality following his arrest in 1998 for performing a lewd act in a public place in the sight of a California police officer. He came out as gay after the incident, stating, “I never had a moral problem with being gay”.
Complex Nature of His Sexuality
Despite coming out as gay, Michael’s sexuality was complex and fluid. He initially came out as bisexual at age 19 but later renounced his bisexual identity and came out as gay. In a revealing 2004 interview with GQ, Michael described the complex nature of his identity. He stated, “When I walk into a restaurant I check out the women before the men because they’re more glamorous. If I wasn’t with Kenny, I would have sex with women, no question. But I would never be able to have a relationship with a woman because I’d feel like a fake. I regard sexuality as being about who you pair off with, and I wouldn’t pair off with a woman and stay with her. Emotionally, I’m definitely a gay man”.
Impact on the LGBTQ+ Community
Michael’s openness about his sexuality had a significant impact on the LGBTQ+ community. He was one of the first public examples of queer sexuality and gender nonconformity for many members of the LGBTQ+ community, particularly those who grew up in the 1980s. His journey of self-discovery and acceptance has been an inspiration for many.
George Michael’s sexuality was a journey of self-discovery and acceptance. His openness about his sexuality and his contributions to music have left a lasting legacy.