Passion Pit musician Michael Angelakos comes out as gay
Passion Pit band member Michael Angelakos has come out as gay, revealing he's been "teetering on the edge of heterosexuality or homosexuality" for years.
The 28 year old indie rock musician has been through a difficult period of late, announcing he and his stylist wife Kristy Mucci were divorcing after two years of marriage in August (15).
In a new interview featured on author Bret Easton Ellis' podcast, which aired Monday 9 November (15), Michael claimed many of his marital troubles stemmed from his distorted view of himself.
“It’s always been about putting it off in my head – not consciously," he said of his sexual preference. "When you’re teetering on the edge of heterosexuality or homosexuality and you don’t know what’s going on, it’s just so comfortable to keep coming back to what you know. That person’s not going to question you.”
Michael and his former partner Kristy have been through a lot together and she even rescued him from suicide in 2011, as he attempted to end his life by jumping out of an apartment window.
Michael has suffered from bipolar disorder for years, having first been diagnosed with the mental health issue as a teenager, but his repressed homosexuality offered different sets of problems for the star, especially while splitting from Kristy.
"I just wanted so badly to be straight, because I love her so much," he explained. "I think that was one of the most painful things when we decided to separate."
Another thing that kept Michael from being completely open was his social environment.
“Specifically with my sexuality, it was just, unlike bipolar, ‘Don’t get help. Don’t talk to anyone,’” he detailed, noting coming out was particularly difficult while studying at university and exploring the music scene. “I lived in such a straight group of people. Not like anyone wasn’t going to be understanding, it was not the time.
"This was dudes in bands talking about girls. It was just so easy at the time to talk about girls. I just kept writing about them. It was like the music was then again informing… I was going through so many difficult issues with girls in general that when I started dating my wife she just quieted them so much so. She was such a good friend. It became kind of a non-issue.”
- Cover Media