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Mika interview: ‘Dealing with my sexuality was so painful’

Mika: 'They said I was stupid and unteachable'
Mika: 'They said I was stupid and unteachable'

More than a decade after he dominated pop, Mika has returned with music that channels the pain and beauty of his remarkable, incident-packed life

“Why don’t you like me?” sang Mika in a gleefully petulant falsetto when he burst onto the pop scene in 2007. His glam-dance chart topper, Grace Kelly, was a gleefully theatrical outburst over the record industry’s failure to see where the gangling, opera-trained, Beirut-born, London-bred artist would fit into their catalogues.

He was “too weird” for the mainstream. “Too melodic” for the alternative scene. And, according to one bigoted label boss, “too gay” for either.  

Mika proved them wrong by singing the rainbow of his possibilities: “I could...

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