Ice-skating superstar Johnny Weir dishes with OUT on fashion, masculinity, why he's "family-friendly," and his feud with Evan Lysacek. Some choice tidbits:
On his sexuality:
I’ve always been comfortable with who I am. When it comes to my sexuality, I just finished the chapter in my book [to be released in January] about my sexuality and my idea of it. I haven’t discussed it -- not because I’m ashamed of anything you’ll read about when my book comes out -- I just don’t want to put it out there in a way where someone can twist my words. While I don’t believe in masculinity and femininity, I don’t believe in a purely gay person or a purely straight person. I have a very clear opinion of my own sexuality. I’m not saying anything about my sexuality because I want it to be out there in my own words.
To me masculinity and femininity are nothing. I don’t believe in them being real adjectives. You can say someone is tall or someone is short. You can’t say someone is masculine or feminine. Of course when you think of a masculine person -- at least in America -- we think of a football player or Marlon Brando. For feminine we think of Nicole Kidman. For me, you can make anything masculine and you can make anything feminine. We have so many beautiful drag queens on RuPaul’s Drag Race that are so much more ladylike and beautiful than lots of women we know. Then there are lots of lesbians who look like beautiful boys. They are masculine in every way even though they are women.
It’s no secret that Evan and I aren’t the closest of frenemies. The feuds are often press-made, but the most recent squabble we had was Evan saying I wasn’t good enough to be on a skating tour that he was on. That’s ridiculous. He’s easy for people to wrap their heads around. He’s easy to put on a Wheaties box or on Dancing With the Stars. He’s the great American Olympic champion. While he’s considered this all-American boy, I’m considered like this Russian spy ring that just got caught.
On his new song:
I also recorded a song called “Dirty Love.” Everyone who has heard it says it’s a bit like Depeche Mode. It’s the first time I’ve sung well. I’ve been thrown into some karaoke situations where I wasn’t prepared. I don’t expect to be a Grammy Award–winning singer. I just did it for fun, and I hope people can dance to it and enjoy it.
Read the full interview at OUT.com.