Little Richard hints he’s no longer gay, says it is ‘unnatural’

Little Richard has once again said he is not gay, and called same-sex relationships “unnatural”.

The singer and actor made the comments in an interview with the Three Angels Broadcasting Network.

He has in the past said he identifies as gay, telling Penthouse in 1995: “I’ve been gay all my life and I know God is a God of love, not of hate.”

21st November 1966: American rock ‘n’ roll legend Little Richard, born Richard Wayne Penniman, pulls a characteristic face. (Photo by Keystone/Getty Images)

In 2012, he told GQ: “We are all both male and female. Sex to me is like a smorgasbord. Whatever I feel like, I go for. What kind of sexual am I? I am omnisexual!”

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He has also said in the past that he was kicked out of his family for being gay when he was a teenager.

In the interview with the Christian broadcaster in September, however; he said same-sex relationships are “unnatural.”

He said: “Anybody come in show business, they’re going to say you’re gay.”

“Are you straight? Are you a homosexual something? They’re going to say it. But God, Jesus, he made men, men, he made women, women, you know? And you’ve got to live the way God wants you to live.”

“So much unnatural affection,” he added.

“So much of people just doing everything and don’t think about God.”

This is not the first time he has denounced homosexuality, telling Rolling Stone in 1980: “If your brother’s a homosexual, you must protect your little boy from him. Homosexuals are sick. And lesbians are sick too.

He asked: “What real woman would want another woman to touch her? She’d feel like something was crawling on her.”

Little Richard rose to fame in the 1950s with songs like “Tutti Frutti” and wore flamboyant costumes and makeup.

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NASHVILLE, TN – MAY 06: Honoree Cathy Hughes TV One/Radio One Chairman (L), speaks with recording artist Little Richard (R) during NMAAM’s Celebration Of Legends Red Carpet And Luncheon on May 6, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Terry Wyatt/Getty Images for National Museum of African American Music)

But he quit music in 1957 and joined a Bible college, eventually emerging as a gospel singer.

He later went back to rock and roll.