Michael Angelakos, singer and creator of the alt-indie project Passion Pit, has announced he’s gay.
Speaking on the Bret Easton Ellis podcast, Angelakos, who’s broke out hit “Sleepyhead” was supposedly written as a belated Valentines Day gift to his former girlfriend, got personal and detailed his coming out journey in the wake of his divorce.
“I’ve told very few people in my personal small circles because I don’t know how to talk about it, you know? Talking with you—we’ve talked before—when someone understands what you do and what you make, it disarms you a little bit and you can just be yourself because you don’t have to defend your work. … This is the kind of situation every artist wants to be in—to talk to artists they really admire. When this was all happening recently, finally, I just decided it might be best to talk about it here. I don’t really know what happened, but it’s just one of those gut feelings. It’s 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. This was exactly the type of situation where I don’t feel like I’m being threatened.”
Angelakos was married to stylist Kirsty Mucci in 2013 but the two announced their divorce in August of this year.
Passion Pit, which as consisted of Angelakos and any number touring support musicians, has released four albums to date, with 2015′s Kindred being his most recent.
Check out the full podcast below, Angelakos discusses his sexuality around the 49:00 mark: