He’s the Swedish popstar with multiple bestselling albums and hit singles to his name. And on Monday 3 August, Darin came out as gay via a short post shared on his Instagram and Facebook accounts.
Darin comes out as gay
The 33-year-old shared his story just as the annual pride celebrations drew to a close in the country’s capital, Stockholm.
“Everyone in the world should be able to be proud and accepted for who they are”, writes Darin. “I know how difficult it can be. Took me a while, but I am proud to be gay. Happy pride!”.
The message is accompanied by a picture of the “Nobody Knows” singer standing by a rugged sun-drenched coastline. He looks ahead, away from the camera.
Well wishes quickly flew in from fans and his peers in the music industry. Oscar Zia, Benjamin Ingrosso and Eric Saade were among those to leave messages of support.
“Speak your truuutthhh!!! Glad Pride” wrote international hitmaker Zara Larsson.
Darin and Eurovision
Darin’s big break came when he competed on the first season of Swedish Idol in 2004. He came second — two places higher than Loreen.
In 2010, Darin took part in Meldifestivalen — Sweden’s Eurovision selection show. He finished fourth with the mid-tempo ballad “You’re Out Of My Life”.
Three years later, he joined “Release Me” songstress Agnes to perform as part of the “Swedish Voices” interval act in the second semi-final of Eurovision 2013.
After several English-language releases, Darin reverted to his native tongue with his 2015 album Fjärilar i magen. The success of this record along with its 2017 follow-up Tvillingen paved the way for other Swedish stars to do likewise to equal acclaim.
However, the Swedish-language renaissance has yet to have a significant impact on Melodifestivalen.
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