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Mika Comes Out As Gay: 'This Is My Real Life'

08/06/2012 10:10 am ET | Updated Feb 02, 2016

He's avoided questions about his personal life for years, but now, British pop singer Mika is going public about his sexuality in a new interview.

Mika, whose 2007 album "Life in Cartoon Motion" spawned the hits "Grace Kelly" and "Relax (Take It Easy)," reportedly confirms he's gay in the September issue of Instinct magazine.

"If you ask me am I gay, I say yeah," the Lebanese-born star, 28, told the magazine. "Are these songs about my relationship with a man? I say yeah. And it’s only through my music that I’ve found the strength to come to terms with my sexuality beyond the context of just my lyrics. This is my real life."

The eccentric performer and longtime gay fan favorite, whose musical style has been compared to the Bee Gees and the Scissor Sisters, had been the subject of ample media speculation for some time. In 2009, he reportedly told Dutch magazine Gay & Night that he was bisexual.

"I’ve never ever labeled myself," he is quoted by Pink News as having told the publication. "But having said that, I’ve never limited my life. I’ve never limited who I sleep with. …Call me whatever you want. Call me bisexual, if you need a term for me."

Mika's third album, "The Origin of Love," is due for release on Sept. 16 and includes collaborations with Pharrell Williams and William Orbit.

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