Über-hottie Simon Webbe—the British pop and R&B vocalist formerly with the successful boyband Blue—covers the December issue of AXM with the tagline, "Yes! I'm on the cover of a gay mag!" The tongue-in-cheek interview reveals Simon's easy going nature and, despite his heterosexuality, his deep appreciation for becoming a gay poster boy.
On being on the cover of AXM:
It's a magazine! I'm not in any way prejudiced about anything. I wasn't raised like that. Just because there's something you may not understand, doesn't give you the right to criticize it. I've always been open-minded and it's great for me. At the end of the day, 'm on the cover of a gay magazine. Why not?
On being groped by (male) fans:
If they are around they try and grab my butt but I get that from girls too not just gay guys. At the end of the day, it's all tongue in cheek—I'm comfortable with myself.
On the rarity of black male celebrities covering gay magazines:
It is, isn't it? When I was told I was on the cover I didn't think I heard them right. Like I say, I'm strong enough, I don't care what people think, it's a magazine.
Last month, fellow Brit boy bander Brad Songhurst-Jones also appeared in AXM and spoke out on the need for more black male artists to embrace their gay fans. Hopefully, that love will cross the Atlantic.
Simon Webbe has been the most successful of the former members of Blue. His debut, album, Sanctuary, peaked at number seven on UK album charts. His sophomore release, Grace, debuted at number 11.
More Black (Gay) British Pop Stars:
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