Kelly Osbourne has said she’s “open to loving anybody,” but also criticised celebrities who “claim to be gay and then not.”
The British singer, actress and author, who is about to release her first book, told Michigan LGBT site Pride Source: “Everybody’s gay. It is a strictly human thing. You can’t put a gender on love.
“I’m open to loving anybody. It’s about the person. I don’t think it’s about sexuality at all,” the 32-year-old daughter of Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne added.
“It’s not like I’m trying to be forward-thinking or progressive – it’s just that sexuality is a word I try not to even define the way the world defines it.
“It’s the person who you are sexually attracted to,” she emphasised.
Osbourne attracted criticism in December after she told the crowd at a fundraiser for LGBT group The Trevor Project: “We have to give [Trump] a chance. And we do it by spreading love, not hate.”
Reacting to that backlash, she said: “I have to keep to myself right now because I don’t want to enter into this political cannibalism that’s going on where people say stuff and then everyone just eats you alive for your opinion.”
“Every attempt I have made in defending the (LGBT) community, I somehow manage to fuck it up and piss everyone off.
“I cried over the backlash of the Donald Trump thing with my speech, because if you read my whole speech, you’d get what I was saying, but they put that one sentence in there and I was like, ‘you dicks,’” she added.
The author of There Is No F*cking Secret: Letters from a Badass Bitch also hit out at other celebrities who appear to casually co-opt an LGBT identity then drop it.
“There’s this whole generation of young Hollywood girls who can’t find love where they think it’s supposed to be, and then they come out being gay and two weeks later they have a boyfriend,” she said.
“It drives me nuts! I think it takes all the proactive work the LGBT community has done and sets them back.
“‘Oh, so now you’re gay?’ Then, two weeks later: ‘Oh no, that was just a phase.’
“You don’t get to do that.”
She said the worst offenders were young female celebrities, some of whom she said she had looked at, thinking: “I’ve known you pretty much since before you used to s*** outside of a diaper. You are not gay!
“But I think outing somebody in that way is just as bad as outing somebody who has not come out of the closet. It’s one of those things I have to keep to myself…and it drives me f***ing crazy!”
She said it was especially frustrating since “I’ve marched till my feet bled for the right of equal love in the gay community”.
“And you’re just gonna step in because it looks cool for you and now tell everybody that you’re a lesbian when you’ve never even seen another p*** that’s not yours, so you can get attention?”
Saying that, Osbourne also remarked that she was “so disappointed that I didn’t have a gay sibling. I was disappointed that I wasn’t gay, even!”
She credited her childhood with making her feel this way.
“I don’t remember a time in my life when I haven’t been submerged in the LGBT community. It’s the only community that, even though I shouldn’t have belonged, accepted me.
“It was the only world I ever really felt comfortable in,” she added.
“I was, like, 11 or 12 and being snuck into a drag bar. It was amazing.
“I think drag queens choose how they want you to see them and they do that knowing that they’re probably going to get a lot of shit for it, and that’s what magic is.
“That’s like, ‘F*** you, this is who I am,’ and you can wake up every day and be whoever you want to be. I love that.”
Last year, Osbourne’s mother Sharon came out as bisexual, and said she regretted not experimenting with women.