Anthony Callea reveals he almost quit music over homophobic taunts
Gay singer Anthony Callea has revealed he almost ended his recording career because of homophobic taunts, but now has the confidence to just be himself.
Callea, who last week released his fifth record Ladies and Gentleman: The Songs of George Michael, admitted the album wouldn’t have come into fruition five years ago and he thought about "throwing it in" having faced cruel anti-gay taunts.
“Things are thrown at you and sometimes it gets a little bit overwhelming, just going out on the weekends, and you wonder why you put yourself in that position,” he said.
“People have shouted out, to my face, things like karaoke faggot or midget.
“That’s why I could not have done this record five years ago.
“But I decided to be me and to be confident.”
Callea first rose to prominence a decade ago after placing second on Australian Idol – his debut single The Prayer the fastest selling by an Australian artist. Since then he has earned a number of accolades including an ARIA Music award, Channel V Artist of the Year Award, and an MTV Viewers’ Choice Award.
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