Oscar Zia, who will be competing in the third semi-final of Melodifestivalen, has come out as gay. He says his Melfest entry “Human” will tell his story in his own words.
Speaking to Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet, Oscar said he had previously struggled with his sexual identity, but after he realised it was ok to be himself, he felt it was important to come out publicly.
Oscar’s Melfest entry “Human” is his personal take on the situation, and he says he wouldn’t have been able to perform it at Melfest without having come out. “This song is so personal, it is about these thoughts. […] And I just felt that I cannot stand on stage without knowing that what I do is a hundred percent true,” he told Aftonbladet.
Oscar talked about his sexual confusion as a teen idol. He first came into the public eye when he competed in Swedish X Factor in 2012 at the age of 15. He soon became a favourite of teen girls and felt under pressure to maintain his role as a straight idol, even lying about being interested in girls.
He says he was afraid to come out, worried what effect it would have on his career. But he assures fans that he’s the same Oscar, “I have not changed myself or my personality. I’m exactly the same, if not a little better.”
Fan reaction on social media has been positive, with plenty of emoji hearts being @’d his way and offers of dates.
Oscar posted this photo to Instagram this morning, showing a golden sunrise and a “good morning” greeting. It looks like the future is going to be bright!
Oscar also spoke about coming out to vlogger Clara Henry (in Swedish):
Oscar Zia’s coming out follows Norway’s Tooji, who came out in June by releasing a NSFW music video showing him engaging in sexual intercourse with a priest in a church.
Oscar will perform his song “Human” in the third semi-final of Melodifestivalen, taking place on 20 February in Norrköping.