Conchita Wurst — the winner of Eurovision 2015, a muse for Jean Paul Gaultier, and the world’s most popular living Austrian — appeared at the London Book Fair today to launch her official autobiography “Being Conchita”. The room was heaving, but the team from wiwibloggs grabbed a front-row seat (okay, a fourth-row seat) for all the action.

Conchita at the London Book Fair

Conchita Wurst on “Being Conchita”

Following Eurovision publishers wouldn’t stop calling Conchita, but she was resistant to write her life story because she was just 26. “That’s quite young to write down your memoirs,” she said at the book fair. “I said, ‘No, I don’t really feel that anybody is interested in a 26-year old.'”

We are at the London Book Fair listening to @conchitawurst talk about her biography #Eurovision

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The book discussess her childhood and includes details like what her grandmother’s house smelled like. When asked about growing up as a gay child in a small village, she said she faced difficulties but made it clear that many gay people have survived more difficult situations.

“The stories, especially when it comes to being a young gay teenager, they are beyond horrible,” she said. “I had a tough time, but there are stories that are beyond belief. So it was really quite OK for me. Even passing that showed me I am not a bitter person at all. I don’t think in terms of revenge.” 

She is #UnStoppable: Oversized @conchitawurst book cover. Love it! #Eurovision A photo posted by wiwibloggs (@wiwibloggs) on

She described winning Eurovision as overwhelming, and says that she remembers next to nothing about the experience on stage.

Conchita Wurst london book fair

“I can’t remember a thing. It’s true I really can’t remember a thing and all the memories I have now are because of all these YouTube videos. I don’t have any memories through my eyes. My body did that so I wouldn’t pass out on stage.”

One audience member asked her what it was like to deal with Björn Höcke, an aggressive, anti-gay politician who made disparaging comments on a German-language talk show recently. She said she remained silent and was able to convey her sentiments that way. Later, when asked about the haters more generally, she simply said she doesn’t care and that when she dislikes someone she doesn’t waste time on them. “So thank you for your time!” she says of those who write mean things about her.

#Eurovision winner @conchitawurst is asked what she thinks of the haters. “I don’t care!” A video posted by wiwibloggs (@wiwibloggs) on

The audience was absolutely lovin’ Miss Wurst. One of the funnier moments came when the interviewer suggested she is the world’s most famous Austrian. She responded: “Well, there was Mozart…” As Conchita entered and exited, there was a great deal of commotion around her. You rarely see this kind of excitement at a book fair. 

Austria’s @conchitawurst leaves her talks at the London Book Fair #Eurovision A video posted by wiwibloggs (@wiwibloggs) on

Are you excited about Conchita’s autobiography? You can learn a bit more about it in this interview Conchita gave us a few weeks ago. And all you Brits can buy your copy on May 11 when it hits stores.

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Fatima
Fatima
5 years ago

I wonder if she’s met Arnold Schwarzenegger ? He’d probably be next on the list after Mozart.

PP
PP
5 years ago

He is only man who wear women clothes, no like people who did male-to-female sex reassignment surgery like i think did winner from 1998

ESCaddict
ESCaddict
5 years ago

@diego
Thank you for your time.

Diego
Diego
5 years ago

But has a life so long that justifies an autobiography?? Ridiculous and pathetic. Persists in an aberrant image and damaging to the cause (s)he stands for.

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5 years ago

I really want to buy Conchi’s autobiography book! <3 4 all of us that we are gays/homosexuals have experienced such negativity & bullying in our lifes… Thankfully myself was lucky enough 4 my life to not be that hard compared with the lifes of countless other homosexuals especially in rather homophobic countries {like Russia..} or just 3rd world jugles..{like the muslim middle east & whole Africa..} Too many of us have beek killed{even brutally..} & countless are suffering from extreme bullying,humiliation, they are threatened to be harmed or killed.. We do not have the same rights as other people have..… Read more »