STEVIE WONDER APOLOGISES FOR 'CONFUSED GAYS' COMMENT
Mon, 3 September 2012Legendary musician Stevie Wonder has apologised for saying that some gay people are actually just confused about their sexuality.
In an interview published in The Guardian newspaper last week, Wonder was asked about the recent revelation by up-and-coming fellow singer and songwriter Frank Ocean that his first love was a man.
"I think honestly, some people who think they're gay, they're confused," Wonder said. "People can misconstrue closeness for love. People can feel connected, they bond. I'm not saying all [gay people are confused]. Some people have a desire to be with the same sex. But that's them."
The comment was not well received and Wonder soon after issued a statement to The Advocate magazine in an attempt to clarify his position.
"I’m sorry that my words about anyone feeling confused about their love were misunderstood. No one has been a greater advocate for the power of love in this world than I; both in my life and in my music,” said the star.
"Clearly, love is love, between a man and a woman, a woman and a man, a woman and a woman and a man and a man. What I’m not confused about is the world needing much more love, no hate, no prejudice, no bigotry and more unity, peace and understanding. Period."
Twenty-four-year-old Ocean, who recently released his acclaimed debut album, Channel Orange, wrote in the album notes that his first love was at the age of 19 with another man.