When Rob Halford Linked Queen’s Success To Freddie Mercury’s Homosexuality
Judas Priest lead singer Rob Halford is primarily known for his extraordinary music career that spans over five decades. Throughout his time as one of the greatest vocalists in metal music, Halford has been particularly praised for his powerful, wide-ranging voice. In addition to this, his trademark leather-and-studs image has become a cult in the heavy metal scene.
Alongside being an influential musician, the Judas Priest frontman has also been a great advocate of the LGBT+ community. The musician has always been unapologetic about his sexual orientation regardless of the inevitable homophobic criticism. In fact, there was one time when he said a straight man could not do his job, giving the late Queen singer Freddie Mercury as an example.
Rob Halford Came Out As Gay In An MTV Interview
Rob Halford publicly came out of the closet in 1998 during an interview with MTV. The rocker was in tears as he revealed his homosexuality, saying it felt liberating to finally be himself. Following the interview, Halford admitted that the reveal wasn’t pre-planned, and he acted however he liked.
As expected, the singer was concerned about losing his fanbase when he opened up about his sexuality. Furthermore, he revealed that he feared for his safety and refrained from going to public places for a while. Fortunately, things didn’t turn out the way he expected, and a great majority of his fans accepted the musician since they only cared about his music.
Looking back now, Halford recalls coming out as the greatest thing he could have ever done for himself. The rocker is currently married to his husband, Thomas. Moreover, he’s a huge supporter of the LGBTQ+ community, often expressing his concerns regarding the endless discrimination of homophobia.
Rob Halford Said Queen Would Be Different Without Freddie Mercury’s Homosexuality
During a 2019 interview with Edmonton Journal, the Judas Priest frontman was asked if he was afraid of losing his fans when he came out of the closet. The singer genuinely said he feared homophobia which exists even today, but it was worse back in the 1970s and 1980s.
However, Halford didn’t forget to mention that a straight man couldn’t do his job as well as him. The rocker gave the example of late Queen singer Freddie Mercury to prove his point. According to him, Queen couldn’t have been as successful as they are now if it weren’t for Mercury’s homosexuality.
When asked if he feared coming out, Halford said:
“Oh yeah, absolutely, I was surrounded by homophobia, which still exists today. There are places I can’t go back to because I’ll be stoned to death. As far as that whole business, I discovered when I did come out that I was in this trap gay people find themselves living in that you’re living your life for everyone else, but not yourself. During the ’70s and ’80s, it was incredibly difficult.
I love Priest more than anything, so while always in my mind, I have to be careful how I say this, it’s not important to the music. Though I will say, a straight man can’t do my job. That’s the way I view it. Freddie said it wasn’t important, but if Freddie hadn’t have been gay, Queen would’ve been a totally different band. But that’s a really important part of my life that I have to get down on paper at some point.”
It appears that the singer praised the creativity that comes from being homosexual. While it’s arguable if it’s a common asset of non-straight people, it sure applies to both Freddie Mercury and Rob Halford.