MNEK's honest album
- Bang Showbiz
- 19 November 2017
MNEK has promised to be true to himself and his sexuality in the lyrics for his upcoming debut album
MNEK's album will be about "gay things".
The 'Paradise' singer - who is openly homosexual - is happy to be very open in his songwriting and will be using male pronouns as he's writing from his own perspective.
He said "It's bound to happen, I'm going to be talking about gay things. All I can say from my perspective is I don't give a f**k.
"I have a song on my album called 'Girlfriend' that's literally like, 'If your girlfriend knew about me and you, what would we do?' "
The 22-year-old star - who has previously worked on songs for the likes of Beyonce, Kylie Minogue, Clean Bandit, Stormzy and The Saturdays - admitted one of the reasons why he came out to his parents was because of his work.
He said: "I'd never seen a gay person as a kid,, I was a late bloomer when it came to dating but I quickly realised vagina wasn't for me.
"As I spent time in London, turned 18, experienced night life and really got to know myself, I figured it out.
"Me coming out and telling my parents was more of a result of me deciding, 'Right, I'm a gay man but I don't want to hide it anywhere.'
"I'd just signed my deal and I needed to tell my mum that I was gay and that I'd be writing songs about boys."
This summer, MNEK released 'Paradise', which sampled Ultra Nate's 1998 track 'Free' and he admitted his inspiration for the song was driven by "slight venom".
He explained to Gay Times magazine: "'Paradise' kind of came from slight venom, because around the time I wrote it, there were a lot of dance tunes sampling or covering R&B songs - some of my favourite R&B songs of all time - and it all felt a bit reductive and s**t.
"So I wanted to turn it on its head and sample a dance song for an R&B tune. Not only that, but I Wanted to pay tribute to that sample while giving it a deeper meaning."