British singer-songwriter Craig David, who recently released his sixth studio album Following My Intuition, his first since 2010’s Signed Sealed Delivered, gave a wide-ranging interview this week to The Guardian.
Some of the interview covered his sexual orientation:
One thing that gave David the courage to come back to Britain, he says, and return to music, was a sweetly heartfelt article, published last year, by the then 24-year-old journalist Angus Harrison in Noisey, begging for his comeback. David mentions this article to me several times, but I had been hesitant about bringing it up, given that it referred to rumours of David’s “confused sexuality”. There have long been whispers about whether or not David is gay, purely because, in his 16-year career he has never been known to have a partner, and innuendo will always fill a vacuum when it comes to celebrity gossip. I ask if this bothers him.
“I sort of find it weird when people get very ‘No! I’m not gay!’ I mean, are you homophobic in some way? So I’ve always been relaxed when people are not quite sure [about me.] But knowing myself, I’m heterosexual and it’s cool,” he says, his voice dropping a little, presumably because his mum is on the other side of the wall. “Back in the day there were different girls, and it was fun, but I was brought up with basic morals. So I couldn’t even do the thing you’re supposed to do with a one-night stand and be all: ‘OK, your taxi’s here!’ – my mum would kill me! So by the virtue of me trying to be the nice guy, [the girls would] catch feelings.”
Read the full interview here.
Listen to his single “Ain’t Giving Up”.