Jamaican singer Diana King has declared that she is a lesbian. The ‘Shy Guy’ singer made the announcement on her Facebook profile today.
In the post King wrote “I am … woman … mother … aunt … Jamaican … American … international artiste … singer … songwriter … band leader … friend … lover … entrepreneur … goddess! among other things and yes!!!…I am a lesbian.”
King, 41, is the first Jamaican artiste to publicly declare a same sex preference. The singer came to prominence in the 1990s with her hit single ‘Shy Guy’ which peaked at 13 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and sold five million singles worldwide.
In the Facebook post King explained the reasoning for her decision to publicly declare her sexuality.
“Honestly speaking, I have always been afraid to admit it openly, because of the unknown, of what it may cause negatively, to me, my career, my family and loved ones. But I realized that it is not my job to make others comfortable, I am only responsible for my life, the stuff U think about on your deathbed and at this point in my life I do not care about the things that frighten me anymore,” she wrote.
Responses to King’s post on her page was overwhelmingly positive. Fellow artiste Tanya Stephens said “I want to speak but I cant stop crying.”
One fan Phaedra Garvey said “Your sexual orientation does not change the fact that u r an amazing artist! Luv your music!”
Another, Sandra Grayson said: “You only got one life to live, live it to the fullest, keep on being yourself! Respect to the maxxxx. Stay blessed and keep on singing gurl, luv u”.
Although many have speculated about her sexuality, this is the first time that King has openly spoken about it.