Passion Pit frontman Michael Angelakos announced his split with wife Kristy Mucci a couple of months ago.
Now, Angelakos has come out as gay.
“I lived in such a group of straight people …not that anybody was going to be not understanding .. it was just not the time,” he said about the last few years, in an interview with author Bret Easton Ellis on his podcast.
According to Angelakos, his wife was one of the main reasons he decided to be honest with himself about his sexuality.
“When I decided to really deal with it head on, which was, I don’t know, in June, she was the one who spearheaded it in a way,” he revealed, according to ET. “She said, ‘You need to figure out what’s going on with your sexuality because you can’t hate yourself anymore.'”
“I just wanted so badly to be straight, because I love her so much,” he added. “I think that was one of the most painful things when we decided to separate.”
— NYLON (@NylonMag) November 10, 2015
Passion Pit’s Twitter account recently tweeted that “everything’s gonna be ok,” and that Angelakos has “received so many kind and supportive messages.”
everything's going to be okay
— Passion Pit (@passionpit) November 9, 2015
i've received so many kind and supportive messages today. thank you for reaching out and being so kind to me.
— Passion Pit (@passionpit) November 10, 2015
“When you are teetering on the edge of homosexuality, it’s just so much more comfortable to keep going back to what you know because … I didn’t want to deal with other people,” says Angelakos.
And why did he choose now to reveal it?
“When this was all happening recently, finally, I just decided it might be best to talk about it here,” he told Ellis. “I don’t really know what happened, but it’s just one of those gut feelings. It’s the same gut feeling I had when I said, ‘OK, I kind of just need to talk to people about the fact that I am.’ I’m gay. And that’s it. It just has to happen. This was exactly the type of situation where I don’t feel like I’m being threatened.”
You can check out the full podcast here.
— Bret Easton Ellis (@BretEastonEllis) November 10, 2015