Passion Pit front man reveals his heartbreak over coming out as gay

Nov 10, 2015 at 6:09 p.m. ET

In a tale of heartbreak that is sure to have inspired many a songwriting session, Passion Pit front man Michael Angelakos reveals his road to coming out as gay.

Angelakos has been upfront about his battle with bipolar disorder since revealing he was diagnosed three years ago. More recently, Angelakos sat down with Bret Easton Ellis on his new podcast and opened up about his sexuality — more specifically, that he is gay.

"Specifically with my sexuality, it was just, unlike bipolar, 'Don't get help. Don't talk to anyone,'" he said. "I lived in such a straight group of people. Not like anyone wasn't going to be understanding; it was not the time."

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When the host asked him if he was talking about the music scene in general or the college scene specifically, Angelakos replied, "Kind of both."

"This was dudes in bands talking about girls," he said. "It was just so easy at the time to talk about girls. I just kept writing about them. It was like the music was then again informing… I was going through so many difficult issues with girls in general that when I started dating my wife she just quieted them so much. She was such a good friend. It became kind of a non-issue," he explained.

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Earlier this year, Angelakos announced he and his wife were amicably separating. Their divorce came four years after his now-ex-wife, Kristy Mucci, tackled him to prevent him from jumping out of their apartment window in an attempted suicide.

He said, "It's always been about putting it off in my head — not consciously. When you’re teetering on the edge of heterosexuality or homosexuality and you don’t know what’s going on, it’s just so comfortable to keep coming back to what you know. That person’s not going to question you.”

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He said that his wife always knew he was bisexual, but that he loved her so much and wanted so badly to be straight. "I think that was one of the most painful things when we decided to separate,” he concluded.

You can listen to his entire interview below, but his comments on his sexuality begin around the 48-minute mark.