In case my mother is reading this I just want to say: I told you Luther Vandross was gay!
Yesterday Ms. Pattie Labelle confirmed what we all already knew. That Luther Vandross was gay. Vandross and Labelle were long time friends until his death in 2005 due to complications from a stroke.
To any homophobes reading this: Yes it was a stroke and not AIDS! Not all gay men die from HIV/AIDS! Luther Vandross was a sufferer of diabetes and hypertension. This led him to have a stroke which caused him to be in a coma. He never fully recovered and passed away in 2005.
When asked during a recent interview why Mr. Vandross never came out she responded:
We talked about it,” said LaBelle. “Basically, he did not want his mother to be…although she might have known, but he wasn’t going to come out and say this to the world. And he had a lot of lady fans and he told me he just didn’t want to upset the world.
An open secret
Luther Vandross had long been rumored to be gay. For one thing he was never married and had no children.
“Though he never came out as gay, bisexual, or even straight, you had to be wearing blinders—as many of his fans, particularly female, must have been—to overlook his queerness”,
-Jason King wrote in Vandross’ obituary in The Village Voice.
“Everybody in the business knew that Luther was gay”.
“He said to me, ‘No one knows I’m in the life.'”
Mr. Vilanch also revealed that Vandross managed to stay out of trouble because he had ‘very few sexual contacts’. He said Vandross’ longest relationship with a man occurred while he lived in Los Angeles during the late 80s and early 90s
A successful voice
During his career, Vandross sold over 35 million records worldwide, and received eight Grammy Awards including Best Male R&B Vocal Performance four different times. He won a total of four Grammy Awards in 2004 including the Grammy Award for Song of the Year for a song recorded not long before his death, “Dance with My Father”.
We hope his soul is finally resting in peace now that the shackles of the closet have been lifted.