Swedish Pop Star Darin Comes Out

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Tuesday August 4, 2020

Darin Zanyar
Darin Zanyar  (Source:Darin Zanyar / Facebook)

Swedish pop star Darin Zanyar has come out as gay, reports Swedish news source Swensk Dam.

Darin made the announcement in Instagram, on the occasion of gay pride in Sweden.

"Everyone in the world should be able to be proud and accepted for who they are. I know how difficult it can be," Darin posted on Aug. 3.

"Took me a while, but I am proud to be gay," Darin added. "Happy pride!"

The Stockholm native came to fame overnight in 2004 after appearing on the TV program "Idol" at the age of 16. Since then, Darin has become Sweden's biggest pop star, with seven No. 1 albums.

Swenk Dam noted that questions about his sexuality have circulated for years, with speculation about a romance with fellow recoding artist Maja Ivarsson, the frontperson for The Sounds.

Until now, Swenk Dam reported, Darin has been "tight-lipped about his love life."

"'I'm happy single. I have been single for a very long time,' Darin has previously said."

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Assistant Arts Editor. He also reviews theater for WBUR. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.

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