MNEK Speaks On Being a Role Model for “Gay Black Kids”

British singer MNEK, real name Uzoechi Emenike, has opened up about being an advocate for gay black kids stating, ‘as a black gay artist, as a kid, a big part of how uncomfortable I was, was I didn’t have a role model,’

The Grammy-nominated singer, discussed growing up gay, coming out and his current relationship with Metro’s Guilty Pleasures.

The Ready For your Love singer, who at the age of just 21 has already wrote songs for legends including Beyoncé’s ‘Hold Up’, the singer went on to say that even though his own coming out process is a “work in progress”, he wants to be a role model for other young gay black people.

MNEK has admitted he wants to be the role model for gay black kids that he never had growing up.

“I didn’t have someone on TV that I could liken myself to. I take it as my responsibility to be exactly who I wanted to see on TV. If anyone can see themselves in me that’s f***ing great. That means I am making someone feel good about themselves.”

“I have a loving boyfriend who is really cool and really safe,” he said. “He is the nicest and my favourite. I am happy.”

MNEK, unveiled his brand new single ‘At Night (I Think about You)' earlier this month.


Words: Annelle Simpson


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