Molko: I wish I kept quiet on sexuality
The Placebo frontman has found people concentrate on him rather than his music because of his openness.
"I was open about my sexuality because I was filled with a great deal of musical bravado when Placebo started," he explained. "Coming out of the closet seemed to be important to me in terms of making a stand.
"Unfortunately, we became this faggy band in dresses in the eyes of the media. People started to talk about that and not the music as a by-product."
Now Molko understands why stars like Morrissey and Stipe – whom he sings with on new album Meds - are not so outspoken.
"I think that's probably why people like Michael and Morrissey have been relatively quiet," he commented. "REM are a very important band for me. I was a teenager growing up in New York and Michael Stipe's voice was very important to the development of my own voice."