Cliff Richard: ‘If I was gay, would it make any difference?’

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Sir Cliff Richard has addressed long-standing rumours about his sexuality, saying he hopes it wouldn’t make a difference whether he is gay or not.

The legendary singer was asked about his sexuality during an interview on Australian TV show, A Current Affair.

He said: “If I was gay, would it make any difference? Would you not come to my concerts because I was gay? I hope not”

“I have got gay friends. Most people have gay friends.”

On why he never settled down with anyone, he said: “I just didn’t get married. I can do the things I want to do. I can go and meet my fans all over the world.

I don’t have a responsibility because I always felt that marriage would be the major responsibility of your life, and if a child came along, a multi-major responsibility. No getting out of that one.”

The Christian singer, who said in 2008 that he “loves” the enigma around his sexuality
, is a strong advocate of same-sex marriage.

Cliff Richard, who has been performing around the world for over 50 years, received his knighthood in 1995.