Little Richard calls gay relationships "unnatural" in bizarre interview, two decades after coming out
Little Richard, the rock and roll legend behind such hits as "Tutti Frutti" has denounced homosexuality, two decades after he came out as gay himself. Richard's views on homosexuality will no doubt shock fans of the singer, who was heralded as brave and an icon for his decision to come out as gay previously.
In an interview with Penthouse in 1995, the singer said that he had been "gay all [his] life", despite previously branding homosexuals as "sick". The singer, who is known for being very religious, said that that he knew god would accept his decision.
"I’ve been gay all my life and I know God is a God of love, not of hate… How can I [put] down the fisherman when I’ve been fishing all my life?"
However, it appears that Richard has now gone back to his old feelings, and in a rare public interview, he said that gay relationships are "unnatural". During an interview with the Christian TV network Three Angels Broadcasting Network, the 84-year-old rocker claimed that he was no longer gay due to the fact that it conflicts with his religious beliefs.
"You know, it’s just like everybody’s turning one way or the other… When I first came in show business, they wanted you to look like anybody but yourself. And anybody come in show business, they’re going to say you’re gay. Are you straight? Are you a homosexual, something? They’re going to say it."
"But God, Jesus made men, men. He made women, women, you know? And you’ve got to live the way God wants you to live."
Richard went on to seemingly denounce homosexuality as a sin, saying: "I'm a sinner, but we have all sinned", while the hosts of the programme seem to agree as they nod along with his statements.
At a later stage in the interview, the legendary showman said:
"You know, all these things. So much unnatural affection. So much of people just doing everything and don’t think about God. Don’t want no parts of him."
It's not the first time Little Richard has discussed his sex life, with the singer previously having boasted about his varied sexual history and his love for orgies in several different interviews. He has also previously identified as "omnisexual", as well as saying that he is gay and bisexual.
The Good Golly Miss Molly singer had a long-term and well publicised, on-off relationship with Audrey Robinson throughout the 50s and 60s, with Audrey later going off to become a stripper called Lee Angel after Richard made claims about their private life that she disputed.
He also married Ernestine Campbell in 1959, but their marriage was short lived and ended four years later, with Richard's sexuality being cited as one of the reasons behind the split.