The Neon Trees frontman has revealed to Rolling Stone magazine that he is gay.
Tyler Glenn has made his way out of a lifetime in the closet, announcing that he is gay in a new interview with Rolling Stone magazine. It has taken the Neon Trees singer until the age of 30 to be open about his sexuality, largely due to his strict Mormon upbringing.
Tyler Glenn Has Come Out To Rolling Stone.
Born and raised in Utah, Glenn was taught during his conservative religious upbringing that being homosexual was frown upon: "We were always taught, and I hate this word, 'tolerance,'" he said. Despite his church's notoriously fraught stance on being gay, Glenn said he'd known he was gay since he was a child. "I had my crushes on guys throughout high school, but it was never an overwhelming thing until my twenties," he admitted. "Then I'd be dating girls and in love with my straight friend and it was the worst feeling in the world."
Regarding his church's teaching of tolerance, Glenn was critical: "The only time that felt different was when the Prop 8 thing came up," he said, referring to when the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints spent million trying to block same-sex marriage legislation in California in 2008.
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In response to overwhelming support from fans, the new wave pop quartet frontman took to Twitter yesterday to confirm the news, tweeting "Yes. I am a happy and healthy Mormon gay pop star. I don't know what it all means, but I'm ok with it... I'm the happiest lil weirdo i've been in my whole entire life. Thank you for the support and love. XT."
The 'Everybody Talks' star revealed that it was the bravery of openly gay sports stars that enabled him to find the courage to come out too. "I really love all of the sports figures that are coming out recently," he says. "I appreciated Michael Sam was like, 'I want to be able to go to the movies and hold hands with my boyfriend.' Even hearing him say 'boyfriend,' I was just like, that's cool."
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Tyler apparently started telling his close friends and family members his news in October 2013, as he was finishing up writing songs for Neon Trees' upcoming third LP, Pop Psychology, which includes songs based on his experiences of years in the closet. Neon Trees' Pop Psychology will be released on the 22nd April.
More: Listen to Neon Trees' liver version of 'Everybody Talks.'
More: Watch an interview with Neon Trees from the American Music Awards.