At just 21, singer MNEK wants to be the black, gay role model that he never had while growing up.
Stephanie Marie Anderson

1 Jun 2016 - 2:39 PM  UPDATED 1 Jun 2016 - 2:39 PM

At 21, MNEK (pronounced em-en-ee-kay, rather than "m-nek") has written for Madonna and Beyonce, produced "Feels So Good" for Kylie Minogue, and been nominated for a Grammy, so, you know, he's living his best life.

The British singer, real name Uzoechi Emenike, spoke to Metro's Guilty Pleasures about growing up into the black, gay role model he never had.

“I have a loving boyfriend who is really cool and really safe,” he said. “He is the nicest and my favourite. I am happy.”

Despite calling his own process of coming out a “work in progress”, the singer says that it's important for him to be out so that he can be a role model for other LGBTQI people of colour.

“As a black gay artist, as a kid, a big part of how uncomfortable I was, was I didn’t have a role model I didn’t have someone on TV I could liken myself to,” he explained.

“I take it as my responsibility to be exactly who I wanted to see on TV. If anyone can see themselves in me that’s fucking great. That means I am making someone feel good about themselves.”

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