Gay vocalist dating
Biracial, gay, and an aspiring singer, James knew his conservative hometown had little to offer him, so he escaped to New York City at 17.Obliging his mother’s wishes, he enrolled in college, but performed open mics at night.
That is how the ’80s singer Marilyn—real name Peter Robinson—who was a friend of George’s got his start when he was signed by Phonogram Records. He had greater success appearing on the Band Aid single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?To get in front of an audience and sing, that was so far away from where I was at that time. You were known for your androgyny, as was David Bowie who died in January. I liked some of his music but I was never a fan of David Bowie to the extent of fanatical, but I’m appreciative of areas of his work. I’m not sure how weird David really was at the end of the day.He did that androgynous stuff—and I’m not slagging him off—but it felt like he was putting on [an act]. Madonna posted a throwback image on her Instagram of you two together in May.I’ve got three minutes.”She kept going on and on and I went, “For fuck’s sake, alright.” She grabbed my hands and walked me down the staircase and she grabbed my crotch. The relationship was first made public by George in his 1995 autobiography, but Gavin appeared to deny it until 2010. When I go out with someone, I feel they're in love with me and I’m in love with them, I’m proud. I understand in a business sense, 20 years ago, it wasn’t so [acceptable]. Not talking about it was one thing but denying it was another level. I’m looking down and go: “Your hand’s still there.”We danced to her song, “Get Into the Groove,” and everybody moves back and stands in a circle [around us] and we’re both dancing. I didn’t tell anybody; that didn’t sit right with me but I was prepared to do it. Countless shows later, James soon found himself soaking in the L. sun, fine-tuning the follow up to his EP "Temple." We had the pleasure of catching up with James shortly after his soulful performance on the What is it like to be an openly gay artist?
PJ: I remember at first it was sort of weird because it wasn’t really embraced.
You are little different, but that’s great." How has your past influenced your music? I want to be an epic dad who balances touring and parenting.
At first it was so hard to write because I was in my head. Have a little cottage, writing music, and delivering whatever is touching me at the time.
She kept coming up to me and tugging on my sleeve, going: “Can I dance with you?
” It was three minutes to midnight and I was like: “I can’t go all the way from the top floor to the dancefloor now…
Newsweek : It’s been over 30 years since your first and only album. Marilyn: I was in a pretty terrible place for a really long time.