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The Who’s Pete Townshend said 1 of his songs was misinterpreted as “coming out”.

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Pete Townshend of The Who said one of his songs was misinterpreted as a coming out song, when it wasn’t. He once said he doesn’t consider himself bisexual and said he only has a feminine side. Subsequently, Townshend discussed his sexuality in a very different light.

The book Who Are You: The Life of Pete Townshend contains an excerpt from a playboy Interview from 1994 in which Townshend spoke about his solo song “Rough Boys”, which appeared on his second album Empty glass from 1980.

“I did an interview about it and I said ‘Rough Boys’ is about being gay, and in the interview I also talked about my ‘gay life’, which I felt was actually about the friends I had and who are gay. he said. “So the interviewer dotted the Ts and crossed out the Is and assumed this was a coming out, which it wasn’t at all.”

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Townshend discussed confronting bigotry. “But I was ridiculed when it was picked up in England,” he recalled. “It was a big scandal, which is stupid. If I was bisexual it wouldn’t be a big deal in the music industry.

“If I went through a list of men who tried to get me into bed, I could take down some big names in the music business,” he said. “And no, I won’t do it.” He said he didn’t want to treat bisexuality as something shameful.

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During an interview with Rolling Stone in 2002, Townshend was asked if he was bisexual. He said he wasn’t; He just had a feminine side. He viewed his creativity as feminine and likened his urge to create to the desire to give birth. Despite this, he said his femininity had nothing to do with his sexuality.

In his 2012 book Who I am: A memory, Townshend presented himself in a very different light. He said he realized he was “probably bisexual” around the time The Who published “I Can See For Miles” in 1967. Townshend said he was uncomfortable with that aspect of himself and wished he had no shame. He said a 1990 article in the Orlando Sentinel described him as bisexual, which led to his Catholic cleaning lady quitting her job.

Townshend eventually described himself as “probably bisexual,” regardless of whether his song “Rough Boys” was considered a “coming out” song or not.

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