More Tea With Billie Myers…
The second part of our tea and chat with Billie Myers.
In your song “Wonderful” you profess your love. Is that the most romantic thing you’ve done?
I don’t think I go as far as to profess love, god forbid!
I mean, come on, this is Billie Myers you’re talking to!
I have to say I think “love” is probably the second most overused four letter word in the universe.., but yes I guess “Wonderful” is perhaps about as romantic as I get. To be honest me being romantic tends to backfire.
Take, for example, the story behind the album title and artwork.
There I was thinking I was being all romantic by turning up early to surprise my then partner with coffee and croissants.
Only to be meet with more of a shock horror response, as opposed to the delighted
“oh god I missed you too”
response I was expecting!
The first sign that something was wrong was a whiff of perfume that she wouldn’t have worn.
I then entered the bedroom and it was obvious not one, but both sides had been slept in and to top it all off there was a cup of still warm tea with lipstick around the rim on the bedside table and not in the shade she would have worn!
What love advice would you give to single ladies on our site?
Don’t lie on your profile and put up an accurate picture.
There is nothing worse than starting off a relationship with lies.
Billie, you’re openly bisexual – how has that been received? Do you still think it matters?
I don’t think it matters.
It’s never been an issue for me.
If anything I think it was more of an issue for some of the gay community who felt that I was trying to deny being gay.
My thoughts were it would have been easier to say
“Hey, hey I’m gay”
but then undoubtedly I’d have been “Anne Heche’d” into the desert when an ex-boyfriend reared his ugly proverbial head … and I’m talking about the one on his shoulders.
Personally I’ve never struggled with it, but I do think it’s much easier for a woman to be bisexual than a man.
Is there such a thing as bisexualphobia?
Yes, but I think that’s because we live in a world of labels.
Bisexuality, by definition, is saying that you’re non gender specific as opposed to gender specific which is the antithesis of labelling. So, yes there is bisexualphobia – the word itself does sound like some horrible sexual disease.
I think it used to be a bigger issue within the gay community, which completely makes sense.
Being a minority often means you have to stand very strongly and proudly in your corner. As such, if someone is perceived as “denying their true gayness” then it can be difficult to accept.
Ten years ago people thought that it was an excuse for not saying they were gay.
Understandably that got peoples backs up.
But I don’t think that’s really the issue any more.
For me personally it’s not an issue.
I’ve stood on the steps of the White House and held my head up high and declared I’m bisexual and I’ve had stand up rows with anybody and everybody about gay equality…so I hope no-one is going to fault my commitment to the LGBT community.
Do you think we’ve still got a long way to go in terms of real equality around the world?
Around the world – absolutely!
We should consider ourselves lucky that a lot of the places in the Western world are making tremendous headway. However there are still places like Uganda where you could potentially be killed for being gay or in other parts of the world where you would be tarred and feathered. So yes, as a world, we have decades of work to do before the conversation of homosexuality isn’t even one.
The day that no-one even bats an eyelid when they see two people of the same sex walking down the street or having a family is the day we know that we got there. We’re certainly not there now.
Just because the government are mandating different things doesn’t change people’s personal views.
Laws haven’t changed the way many people think – there’s still racism and homophobia out there.
What’s playing on your iPod right now?
I’m all about the lyrics so singers like Sarah McLachlan, Horse McDonald, Alison Moyet, Julia Fordham, Gabrielle and Sinead O’Connor are on constant repeat. Newer artists like Emeli Sande and Rita Ora are also fab and I’m enjoying discovering new artists like Heather Peace.
And which is the world’s sexiest accent?
I have to say I love the Australian accent. (Yes!)
I met Michael Hutchence, who really was one of the sexiest men on the planet in terms of looks and intellect, but that accent just topped it off! Also if someone has a hint of a Portuguese accent, that’s really hot.
Actually you could speak to me in Portuguese and I wouldn’t care what you’re saying…
I’d probably leave my slippers under your bed!