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