After years of hiding her true self from the world, celebrated singer Diana King, 41, has come out as a lesbian. In a lengthy and impassioned letter to her fans, the “Shy Guy” songstress confesses that a fear of rejection held her captive all her life, but now she’s finally breaking free. Since King’s revelation, the Internet streets have been inundated with a flood of reactions running the gamut from genuinely jaw-dropping shock to the casual eye-roll and “Who cares?”
As could be expected, it’s a polarizing issue. (Sidebar: Does this means Diana is Jamaica’s first openly gay entertainer?)
On a more serious note, however, the singer’s courageous coming-out has again brought into sharp focus the twin matters of sex and sexuality, which have always been cast under the taboo umbrella. Then there's Jamaica’s perpetually homophobic climate which, to say the very least, remains itself.
In the meantime, personally, I highly doubt this bold confession of hers will dramatically alter the arc of Diana King's career, but there are those who will now perceive her differently. That's the reality.
Below, excerpts from Diana’s letter:
My name is DIANA EUGENA KING, known to most as DIANA KING. My fans call me KingSinga. I AM … WOMAN … MOTHER ... AUNT … JAMAICAN … AMERICAN ... INTERNATIONAL ARTIST ... SINGER ... SONGWRITER ... BAND LEADER … FRIEND ... LOVER ... ENTREPRENEUR ... GODDESS among other things. AND YES… I AM A LESBIAN, the answer to my most asked INDIRECT question. I welcome the "WHO CARES" right now.
I answer now, not because it's anyone's business BUT because IT FEELS RIGHT WITH my SOUL, and I believe by not answering or hiding it all these years somehow makes it appear as if I AM ASHAMED OF IT or THAT I BELIEVE IT IS WRONG. I FEEL NEITHER OF THOSE THINGS … or I would have grown my hair. But all kidding aside, I AM a private person, but sometimes one has to step outside of their comfort zone to GROW. This here, that I'm doing, is my road. Not everyone will OR is required to travel this way. Some people will carry this fact about themselves to the grave and that's their prerogative but, a "GOOD" reputation can be a GIGANTIC LOAD in a girls backpack. I KNOW now that it's time I fully practice the meaning of my face tattoo, which is LOVE YOURSELF LIVE YOURSELF. I JUST WANT TO KEEP IT REAL..
Read Diana's full letter HERE.