R.E.M. frontman, Michael Stipe, has described how he feels on being open about his sexuality.
He has come out as gay in 1994 and he believes the other members of the band knew about his sexuality long before he came out.
“I was never closeted,” Stipe said speaking to Billboard.
“That’s the thing that’s beautiful about it and I’m so proud of. You can never find a single picture of me pretending to have a girlfriend or being somebody that I’m not.
“I was never that guy. Any longstanding R.E.M. fan who had not figured out I was queer before that point wasn’t looking very hard.”
In the same interview, Stipe also said it was the “right decision” to disband R.E.M in 2011 because it allowed fans to take a step back and reflect on the band’s legacy.
He said: “Encapsulating the creative work of the band by disbanding allowed us, and I think the rest of the world, to take a step back and look at it for what it was. We were not the guys who were going to always be there, and I think that did us a huge favour, honestly.”