Gareth Malone is often accused of being gay….he famously retorts: “I may be stylish, but I’m not gay”.
His accusers believe that âany display of emotion, crying, heart, feelingâ mark out a man as gay, Malone said. Singing is also widely perceived as a female pastime, he added. âItâs an ongoing problem and I think itâs been the spine of all my work.
âBoys donât sing. They just donât want to open up or they donât want to make idiots of themselves or believe that singing is only acceptable under certain circumstances. âItâs a bit gayâ – thatâs one Iâve heard a lot. âSinging makes you gay!â âSinging gay-ifies you!ââ
Reflecting on his schooldays in Bournemouth, Malone told Radio Times that he found salvation through his love for classical music. âBut it is just ghastly – you have those moments where you donât want to get up and go to school.
âI was always on the edge of exploding into violence – I definitely have a temper – but I never did because I always somehow didnât want to lose my dignity. It never quite got to, âIâm just going to lamp themâ, but looking back I kind of wish I had because it would have solved it.
âI am not endorsing violence, but maybe it would have been better to just have a bit of a scrap in the playground.â