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Yungblud speaks up about going with the flow of sexual fluidity

The British singer hints at having experimented with boys in the past in Attitude's September issue.

2019-08-15

Words: Thomas Stichbury 

Singer, rebel and political renegade Yungblud shakes off the labels as he opens up about his sexual fluidity.

Fast becoming music’s most powerful mouthpiece for Gen Z – LGBTQ youth included – he lifted the lid on life with bisexual pop star Halsey, who he started dating at the end of last year.

Appearing on the front cover of Attitude’s September Style issue - available to buy or download to any device now - Yungblud, whose real name is Dominic Harrison, also implies that he explored the spectrum of his own sexuality.

“Everyone knows she is totally bisexual, out and out fucking bisexual, and is a massive voice for the community,” he says.

“She brought up such an interesting point about how it doesn’t matter. When people try to get their ‘heads around it’ [bisexuality], there’s nothing really to get your head around because we’re just fucking attracted to people.”

He adds: “If I fell in love with a trans person, it’s just the way it is. It’s on a deeper level. It doesn’t matter what you’ve got. It’s not about having a dick or a pussy.”

Yungblud shot exclusively for Attitude's September Style issue by Olivier Yoan

The Doncaster lad, who turned 22 this month, reveals that his sister recently came out as bi.

“She was stressing about telling my parents and she rang me because obviously I’m like, ‘Be what you want to be. If you believe you’re an ostrich, cool'," he continues.

"My mum was totally fine with it, but with her generation there is still that thing of, ‘Well, I wouldn’t have chosen that for you, but that’s just what you are.’”

As for his own sexuality, Yungblud explains that it is no longer a simple box-ticking exercise.

“I am more straight,” he begins. “[But if] I walked down the street and met a fucking bloke tomorrow, or a trans person, you never know. It’s about connection. I’m very fluid about it.”

The pop-rocker – who released his debut album '21st Century Liability­' last year and has more than 10 million monthly Spotify listeners – hints that he experimented after moving to London as a teen.

Yungblud shot exclusively for Attitude's September Style issue by Olivier Yoan

“I was 16 and went to art school to get away from the north, which was very suppressive. I had the best friends in the world there, but if I wore skinny jeans and a crop top I was called a ‘poof’,” he recalls.

“I came to London to be liberated, to be able to paint my nails, to fucking try sex with a guy, to try everything, to fulfil my fantasies.”

That same wide-open attitude extends to Yungblud’s screw-the-gender-stereotypes dress sense.

“That’s why I fucking wear a dress on stage. We’ve been brought up with such boundaries: woman wears dress, man sees woman’s curves, you can make baby," he adds.

"Western civilisation put women in dresses and men in trousers. Before that, in medieval times, every fucker wore a dress.

“I wake up one day and want to look girly as fuck, and I’ll wake up the next and walk out of the house in a Fred Perry polo shirt looking like I’ll beat the shit of out you.

"I’ll be Anita from West Side Story then suddenly transform into Liam Gallagher."

Read the full interview with Yungblud in Attitude's September Style issue - which also features model Denek Kania on a second cover - available to download and to order globally now.

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