Miguel Covers FADER Magazine [Photo]
Grammy nominee Miguel covers the new issue of FADER Magazine. The R&B star gives insight into his personal life, discussing his parent’s split when he was 8, his struggle with being misunderstood and having to fight the assumption that he’s gay. Read highlight below.
On his childhood:
“My mother was really, really sheltering. Very religious as well. She raised me to be god-fearing, upright. Barely even let us listen to the radio. Then I’d go to my dad’s house and I’m watching mad porn, trying to talk to girls, getting into trouble. It was really double-life shit, but that’s when I started to learn that I had to make decisions. Who I’m going to be, how I’m going to act. My life has always been like that. Are you Mexican or are you black? Are you Christian or are you no religion? I decided I was always going to be different. Because I already was different.”
On the misconceptions of his style:
“It’s not like I speak like a fucking hood dude. My mother is a very eloquent woman, and my father is a teacher. Between the two, they raised me to speak a certain way. So the way I spoke, the way I dressed, all of that was like, ‘Wow, wait a second. This isn’t black… Oh, then he must be gay.’ Now, whether or not I’ve worn things that are questionable—oh my god—I look at pictures of shit I’ve worn, and you know what? I don’t really blame anyone. I get it. But I was learning. I was trying to hold on to some sense of individuality in the midst of being convinced that I had to appeal to a certain kind of crowd.”
On issues he had when his debut album dropped:
“I was exclusively marketed as an ‘urban artist,’” he says with air quotes, “and I mean that in the most generic way. But I have never been one to live within a stereotype. My lifestyle has always been alternative in comparison to what’s expected from an ethnic male from Los Angeles. With my first album, not only was I being misunderstood, I was misunderstood, and it was distracting people from the music. Now, I want to make sure that everything I do is the best, most rounded projection of who I really am.”