#RobHalford ‘Came Out’ 20 Years Before He Realized

The Judas Priest singer came out during a 1998 interview, but that was two decades after he’d written personal lyrics for the band’s 1977 song “Raw Deal,” which appears on its third album,Sin After Sin.

“When I wrote the lyrics to that song, I’m sure there wasn’t an agenda on my part -- it just felt like a very natural thing to do,” Halford told 96.7 KCAL Rocks in a recent interview. “It talks about Fire Island, which is the big gay hangout in New York. And I talk about these guys in the bar and everything.”

ROB ABOUT COMING OUT: He argued that two positives came out of taking the step: “First of all, you become extremely powerful because you're in control. … And then you don't have to lie anymore. You don't have to hide. You take away the innuendo, the whispering. It's all gone. It floats away. I tell you, it's the best thing you can do for yourself and you. You live a much better life after you've stepped forward and proclaimed who you are.”

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