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.” The post has received over 100 comments and has been liked by over 121 individuals, chatychaty.com observed.
King, 41, is the first Jamaican artiste to publicly declare a same sex preference, although for years it had ben speculated that she was gay. This notion was kept in the forefront when Diana King performed at the Jamaica Jazz & Blues Festival in January and chatychaty.com overheard many persons in the audience asking if Diana King had “come out of the closet”.
Diana King 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. Someone with the name Tanya Stephens, which is the same named used by a hugely popular reggae singer 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.
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