Billboard Magazine reports:
Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears has found a successful career as an out musician — his band achieved a cult fanbase within the LGBTQ community, and Shears himself has been working on his debut solo album, along with his headline-making stint as Charlie Price in the Broadway musical Kinky Boots earlier this year.
On Sunday, Shears sat down for an interview with the U.K.’s Channel 4 News to discuss his experience as a gay man living in America. Shears opened up about his coming out experience in Mesa, Arizona, which he said came with violent harassment.
“I came out when I was 15 at school, and I realized I had put myself into a precarious situation,” he said. “It was a very hostile environment for me and a lot of kids had it in for me. It was a scary situation. I was very impatient. I wanted to grow up now.”