Catching Up With Johnny Weir
By Dustin Fitzharris
So you will address it in your book?
I'm waiting for the book. I have no shame. I just don't want some writer who is trying to sell a newspaper defining my sexuality to the public.
Then let's discuss Evan Lysacek.
[Laughing] It's no secret that Evan and I aren't the closest of frenemies.
Is there really this big feud or it is all media hype?
The feuds are often press-made, but the most recent squabble we had was Evan saying I wasn't good enough to be on a skating tour that he was on. That's ridiculous.
Is that the Stars on Ice tour that said you weren't 'family-friendly' enough?
Yes, and they've never wanted me on their tour ever.
What does family-friendly mean?
I have no idea what that means. I don't know what's not family-friendly about me. I have a beautiful family. My friends are my family. I have a great relationship with my parents, my grandparents and my uncles and aunts. There's no better picture of a great family than mine.
Recently you were on Chelsea Lately with Chelsea Handler. You talked about rooming with Evan's ex-girlfriend, Tanith Belbin, and then winked. That caused a big stir. Many assumed you were calling Evan's sexuality into question.
I would never push someone into a sexual situation of "are they or aren't they?" I was just trying to be cute and it came off bad like I was trying to say that Evan was gay.
Why do you think you get the label of being gay, but not Evan?
He's easy for people to wrap their heads around. He's easy to put on a Wheaties box or on Dancing With the Stars. He's the great American Olympic champion. While he's considered this all-American boy, I'm considered like this Russian spy ring that just got caught.
To fulfill some fantasies, is there a chance of you and Evan ever getting together?
I can't say that will happen. There are just very big differences between the two of us.
Where do you see yourself in five years?
Technically I'm a bit old for figure skating at 25 -- again. There's a whole new crop of young skaters who will be promoted because they are young and they are fresh. That's how figure skating works. While I haven't decided yet if I'm going to compete this year or not, I was assigned to international events this fall in the Grand Prix series.
And your book in January. Tell us about it.
It talks about fashion and skating and of course all my sexual stuff. I also recorded a song called 'Dirty Love.' Everyone who has heard it says it's a bit like Depeche Mode.
Is this your first time singing?
It's the first time I've sung well. I've been thrown into some karaoke situations where I wasn't prepared. I don't expect to be a Grammy Award'winning singer. I just did it for fun, and I hope people can dance to it and enjoy it.
What are you the most proud of?
Through everything -- human ugliness and being judged, bad fashion sense and good fashion sense -- I've managed to stay very true to myself. I've never buckled to pressure. I've never given into anyone, and I've done everything my way. I think that's something to be very proud of because that's something difficult to do nowadays.
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