Rob Halford Was Hiding Himself From Metal Community: ‘I Had To Live A Double Life’

Rob Halford opened up about the struggles of concealing his sexuality within the metal scene in a new discussion with Global News’ Adam Wallis.

The frontman of Judas Priest shared his journey of hiding his true self due to fears of rejection and industry backlash. He addressed the metal community’s eventual acceptance of his sexuality:

“It’s broad-based. It’s not just in music. It’s everywhere. It’s in every walk of life. When I was a younger person particularly, but through the early metal years, yeah, there was a there was a lot of homophobia and pushback and bigotry, so much so that I really had to hide myself, I had to hide my identity within the band. The whole point of getting from that place of having to hide to now being able to step out and be who you are, particularly in the metal scene, because the metal community loves and takes care of our own, that’s the advantage.”

The Loneliness Of A Double Life

He continued, talking about his double life at the time:

“I used to be terribly lonely because of having to live a double life. So this whole business of being embraced and feeling not alone and feeling part of a group of people that are all feeling the same way is really, again, special and unique to the metal world.”

The Aftermath Of His Public Revelation

Halford came out as gay in 1998 on MTV News. In an interview with Metal Hammer in early March, he compared his experience to more recent public discussions of sexuality, like Billie Eilish’s. The singer stated:

“When I made that announcement at the MTV studio, I didn’t really realize how big of a deal that was going to be. This was before the internet, so the way the message was communicated was at a snail’s pace. Which isn’t a bad thing, because when Billie Eilish finally made the pronunciation of who she is, the world was on fire for 48 hours, and then the world moved on. I think I understood within a matter of days how I’d now put myself into a place of, ‘What’s going to happen next?'”

Last year on the WTF With Marc Maron podcast, the vocalist also talked about the common fear of rejection that many LGBTQ+ people feel. He was worried that coming out could harm Judas Priest’s success because industry people advised him to stay closeted. They claimed it could ruin the band.

You can check out the rest of his recent interview below.