Hozier, the Grammy-nominated Irish singer-songwriter, has become a global sensation, but amid the applause and acclaim, there’s a question that often echoes through the whispers of fans and critics alike: Is Hozier gay?
The speculation arises from the powerful anthem “Take Me To Church,” a song that transcends the boundaries of music, delving into the realms of social commentary and activism. The anti-Roman Catholic church hymn, penned after a heart-wrenching breakup, soared to No. 2 in the United States and the UK, leaving an indelible mark on the charts and hearts of listeners.
Hozier’s powerful message against homophobia is encapsulated in the music video for “Take Me To Church,” which boasts nearly 100 million views on YouTube. The visual narrative depicts two men sharing a tender kiss, only to face the brutality of a homophobic mob. The profound impact of the video has sparked assumptions about Hozier’s own s*xual orientation.
However, when confronted with this speculation, Hozier dismisses it with a characteristic blend of humility and humor. “Yes, people do make that assumption (that I am gay), which is fine, but for me, I don’t think it’s the point, you know what I mean,” he shared backstage at a London venue, his words resonating with a refreshing candor.
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In the midst of swirling rumors, Hozier asserts that one’s s*xual orientation is not the crux of the matter. “Regardless of the s*xual orientation behind a relationship, it is still a relationship and still love,” he emphasized. “So people are free to make any assumption they want; it’s grand,” he added with a laugh, embracing the diversity of interpretations that fans bring to his work.
As Hozier’s star continues to ascend, with sold-out gigs and critical acclaim, the question of his s*xual orientation has become a mere footnote in the larger symphony of his career. At just 24 years old, the artist, born Andrew Hozier-Byrne in Bray, County Wicklow, is not only a contender for Song of the Year at the Grammys but also for International Male Solo Artist at the BRIT Awards.
Reflecting on the whirlwind of success, Hozier remains humble, expressing awe at the opportunities he has been afforded. “I am still kind of in awe of what’s been going on this last year and the opportunities that I have been lucky enough to have,” he shared. “The Grammys coming up and the BRITs and stuff, so I am thrilled, I really am excited.”
In the tapestry of Hozier’s life and artistry, the question of his s*xual orientation fades into the background, allowing the true essence of his music and messages to take center stage. Whether he wins at the Grammys or the BRIT Awards, the world will continue to embrace Hozier for the magic he weaves through his music, leaving us all captivated by the timeless melodies that transcend labels and resonate with the universal language of love.