The sexual ambiguity of pop artist Diamond Rings is compared to Morrissey's in an AOL interview (12/29/10):Diamond Rings Doesn't Need to Label Himself Gay or Straight
When he's onstage performing as Diamond Rings, the one-man synth-pop project he started two years ago, John O'Regan wears biker jackets, leggings, lipstick and basketball shoes. The Canadian singer draws on a rich tradition of androgynous musicians, and while his look recalls David Bowie, Boy George and maybe even Grace Jones, he often comes across in interviews more like Morrissey, skirting questions about sexuality.
If Morrissey's coyness on the subject reflects his private nature -- surprising, perhaps, given his songwriting -- and desire to preserve a degree of mystery, O'Regan can relate. At the same time, he says his refusal to self-identify as gay or straight is more the product of uncertainty and not feeling like he has to pick a side.