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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