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mstipeThe lead singer of rock group REM told the Observer that he is 80% gay – and he strongly dislikes the term ‘bisexual’.

“On a sliding scale of sexuality, “ he said, “I’d place myself around 80-20, but I definitely prefer men to women.”

He went on: “I hate and refuse to apply the term bisexual to myself. It doesn’t seem appropriate. It feels like just another label.”

On the subject of labels, Stipe previously told Butt magazine (in 2004): “I think there’s a line drawn between gay and queer, and for me, queer describes something that’s more inclusive of the grey areas.”

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