Passion Pit Lead Singer Michael Angelakos Comes Out as Gay

Michael Reistetter

via Sterogum.com

Passion Pit frontman, Michael Angelakos, who made waves in 2012 by revealing his bipolar diagnosis, has returned as the top news story for various entertainment outlets. On Nov. 9, Angelakos came out as gay during a podcast-interview with author, Bret Easton Ellis.

“When this was all happening recently, finally, I just decided it might be best to talk about it here,” Angelakos told Ellis. “It’s just one of those gut feelings, the same gut feeling I had when I said, OK, I kind of just need to talk to people about the fact that I am. I’m gay. And that’s it. It just has to happen.”

The 28-year-old musician admitted the party scene of his band’s early roots at Emerson College, and their subsequent rise to fame with the release of 2008’s “Chunk of Change” EP and 2009’s “Manners” LP, convinced him to bury his true sexual identity.

“When you’re teetering on the edge of heterosexuality or homosexuality and you don’t know what’s going on, it’s just so comfortable to keep coming back to what you know,” said Angelakos. “That person’s not going to question you.”

According to Angelakos, his now ex-wife, New York stylist Kirsty Mucci, was the inspiration for the lead single, “Lifted Up (1985),” from the band’s 2015 album, “Kindred.” Angelakos said she was there for him at one of the most difficult times in his life.

Later in the podcast interview, he opened up about his and Mucci’s divorce this past August.

“I just wanted so badly to be straight, because I love her so much,” he said. “I think that was one of the most painful things when we decided to separate.”

Passion Pit had notably seen the height of its fame amidst the public’s learning of Angelakos’ aforementioned mental health issues in 2012. Their song “Take a Walk” was featured prominently that year in an advertisement campaign for the then-newly introduced Doritos Locos Tacos at Taco Bell, essentially “putting them on the map.” After a summer where Angelakos was apparently on suicide watch, he rebounded by teaming up with his Passion Pit touring band-mates to successfully perform both ‘Take a Walk’ and ‘Carried Away’ on the Oct. 8. 2012 episode of NBC’s “Saturday Night Live.”

When speaking with Ellis, Angelakos explained how he previously felt forced to selectively express his issues. He said he would choose to talk about the fragility of his mental health, while omitting the reality of his sexual identity crisis.

Now, in 2015, with a larger presence of LGBT rights activists, Angelakos could divulge the full extent of his personal life to an increasingly tolerant nation. Luckily, he is now in “one of the best places he has ever been,” according to The Huffington Post. Overnight, he became and instant symbol for the LGBT community.

No suffering person, regardless of the specific issue, should ever have to feel too threatened to seek help like Angelakos once had. There are various causes, movements, and organizations all across the nation just waiting to provide persons in need of immediate care, guidance, and reassurance, with the utmost support they deserve.