Singer Mariah Carey says she won’t claim to be bisexual just to seem more interesting, a dig at other female stars who may have done so.
“If it makes somebody happy to say that [I’m bisexual], then whatever, but that’s not the reality,” Carey told the Advocate magazine.
“I don’t have a discriminatory policy of who I’m friends with, so yes, I’m friends with women who are gay — gay, straight, it doesn’t matter to me. So I don’t get upset when I hear that, because it is what it is. I guess I could lie about it to seem more exciting.”
In recent years, a number of female celebrities – including Lady Gaga, Pink and Christina Aguilera – have suggested or said that they are bisexual.
“Maybe it’s more a reflection of society becoming more accepting. Some of those different artists might really be expressing themselves, but yes, some might just be looking for a little more attention. You never know,” Carey said.
The pop icon, who is promoting her new album Merry Christmas II You, also expressed her support for same sex marriage rights and revealed that she grew up with a gay couple in her family circle.
“Ever since I was a little girl, my mother was very open-minded and had many different types of friends… Her best friends were a gay couple, Ernie and Mort, and they kind of co-raised me. They were the nicest guys ever, and they would watch my little shows when I’d sing. Today, I guess they’d be called my guncles.”