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Darren Hayes: 'I don't want to be pigeonholed as a gay artist'

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Darren Hayes has revealed that he doesn't want to be a "poster child" for gay artists.

The former Savage Garden lead singer, who came out as gay five years ago, said that the most important thing is how "great" his music is rather than his sexuality.

Hayes told News.com.au: "I don't want to be a gay or a straight artist. I don't make gay records - I make records.

"I don't want to feel like I have to be a poster child for anything other than being a great artist. I don't take that on board as being my responsibility as a gay man, because I think it's really limiting."

Hayes - who has previously spoken out about stereotypical media portrayals of the LGBT community - revealed that the video clip for his latest single 'Bloodstained Heart' is about a "universal relationship" rather than a specifically same-sex one.

The 39-year-old also said that Michael Jackson was a massive inspiration to him when he was younger.

Hayes explained: "For me as a kid growing up, I was gay and I didn't even realise it, let alone accept it. I was told I was gay before I could even imagine it. I was incredibly bullied - ferociously bullied - as a child.

"I looked to this man that the whole world thought was a freak and I thought, 'That's normal', and he was this hero to me. He taught me to sing."

Hayes recently revealed that he doesn't want Savage Garden's music to be used in Glee because he's "not a fan" of the show.

Hayes's fourth studio album Secret Codes and Battle Ships is out now.

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Watch the music video for Darren Hayes's 'Black Out The Sun' below:

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