We all knew already Norwegian of Iranian roots Tooji had been fighting against racism and discrimination among other things, been helping children and refugees (being one himself) and doing a lot of good. What we didn't know, but maybe guessed, was his own personal fight. "I have always thought that my sexuality is "nobody's business but mine." No heterosexual need to share what they have preferences, so why should I? Therefore, I have never responded to questions from the press about it", he says to Gaysir. "I have probably not made a secret of who I am, although I have not stood out as gay in public earlier. One thing is to be open in the media, another thing to be private".
He says coming out is the most important thing he has done in his life. "After Eurovision they just wanted me to become a TV celebrity who participated in all the programs but I didn't feel it's right, that's not me. Therefore, last winter I thought that "now I can't be bothered no more, I can not live this way. I sold all my belongings, rented out the apartment and went to Stockholm"
Now he's back to Oslo, living his life openly and pointing his finger at the church with his new song and video. "The song and the video is about running from himself, denying himself, and yes, if God is in everyone and everything, denying God. With the project I want to express that love between two of the same sex has been tainted by religion for too long. And that religion has imposed too many people unnecessary shame and anguish throughout the years", says Tooji.
This blogger thinks the video speaks louder than the song, but it's always good when someone underlines the hypocrisy of the chursch, especially Catholic.... on the other hand it's always something that gets attention, Madonna makes school. But anyway: Go Tooji!