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Wed 16 Jun, 2010
By Sam Bristowe

I can't tell you how many times I've been stopped by young gay kids saying how important it is that a man like me exists in the mainstream

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Recently out and previous member of the band Bloc Party, Kele Okereke, has discussed why he waited till his solo career to be open about his sexuality.

Singer Okereke came out as gay in an interview with Butt magazine in March 2010 ahead of the release of Tenderoni, his debut solo single out this week.

Deciding to wait till he was distanced from the band to be open about who he was, he revealed the reason behind the decision. Speaking to the Guardian, he said: "The band was a band, it wasn't just me.

I didn't want to talk about it and I don't think they wanted it to be an issue. In fact I know they didn't, because one of them told me once. I didn't want to be seen as a spokesperson for something.”

He added: "You learn, don't you? I've learned that it's important not to run away from things, because it makes a difference to people.

"I can't tell you how many times I've been stopped by young gay kids saying how important it is that a man like me exists in the mainstream.

"It seems to me that the dominant mode of gay culture is taking drugs and sleeping around. It's just harmful. I think that sort of life doesn't really make anyone happy. It didn't make me happy, even when I was younger. I know my views might seem quite Victorian but I think there's something to be said for discipline."

Kele Okereke debut solo single Tenderoni is out now.


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