Mika's Second Verse (Same As The First?)


By Shana Naomi Krochmal

What's your reaction to that?
Yeah, well, I'm sure you heard that a lot. But I always polarize opinions, whether it's my private life or the music that I make, and I've had to deal with that over the past year. I think that's been one of the biggest learning curves. I've gotten a huge amount of success, but if you had any idea of the amount of flak that I get for the kind of songs that I write or the way that I talk about or refuse to talk about almost any private aspect of my life -- you'd be pretty astonished. And one of the biggest challenges that I've had is just saying to myself, You know what? Just stay the same. Stay the way that you are. I can understand that you got polarized opinions. Of course you were going to. That doesn't surprise me.

Do you think there's a way to describe your sexuality without using labels?
Of course there's ways of discussing sexuality without using labels. I think that if you want to discuss sexuality or just kind of sexual things to begin with, I think there definitely is. I think that's far more interesting than talking about whether someone is agreeing to or refusing to use labels. I think that's what your article -- and definitely your [cover] headline [Mika: Gay/Post-Gay/Not Gay?] was getting at.

Is that a conversation you want to have more of? Is it that you won't talk about anything in your life regarding sex, or that you don't want to talk about it in the terms that people have been asking you to?
I'll talk about my opinions, and I'll talk about my music, and I'll write about my opinions or about my personal life stories in my music. I will not talk about labels, and I will not talk about over-categorizing things, because labels are the one thing that I've never agreed with -- simply because I just don't fit into them in my own personal life. And yes, if someone's willing to have an interesting conversation and take the time and patience to go into stuff like that, then yeah, I think it's fascinating. But I write songs -- that's what I do first. I don't politicize myself or my life, and I am who I am. If you know my lyrics and if you know my songs, you probably know a lot more about me than if you just read an article about me.

Mika's North American tour kicks off this week in Montreal. Go to imeem.com for more information.

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