Rocker Bob Mould feared he would be ostracised by the gay community after he 'came out' in a magazine interview.
The former Husker Du frontman confirmed his sexuality in a feature with Spin magazine in the mid-1990s but he was worried the article would cause offence.
He tells Uncut magazine, "Coming out was different than it is now and I'd always placed a premium on privacy. I didn't feel comfortable identifying myself as a gay musician. I wanted to be a musician and if I happened to be gay, that's great too... But Spin led with a saucy byline, something like 'I'm not a freak'. I was like, 'Oh, of everything I said, that's what you're gonna put on the cover? The gay community's gonna kill me.'
"That's not me. I'm not a freak. I'm a normal person. Again, I worried about it way more than anybody else. It didn't really make much difference."