Today in news that shattered everything we once knew about life, love and the world at large, Blondie frontwoman and professional cheekbones-haver Debbie Harry announced that she identifies as bisexual, and that she has enjoyed relationships with both men and women.
During an interview with a German magazine promoting their tenth studio album Ghosts of Download (LOL what?), Ms. Harry confirmed that longstanding rumours of her alleged romantic dalliances with women were indeed true, and although she had enjoyed more longstanding relationships with men, “let’s just say women are more sensual.”
That sound you just heard was the collective gasp of every warm-blooded woman on planet Earth.
Deborah Harry emerged in the mid-70’s as the singer of seminal new wave rock band Blondie, whose countless hits include “Sunday Girl,” “Atomic,” “One Way Or Another” and “Heart Of Glass.” In their early years, Blondie were regulars at New York’s notorious rock incubator CBGB’s, and their 1981 single “Rapture” was the first chart-topping song to combine elements of rap with disco and rock’n’roll. Deborah Harry became the quintessential frontwoman – a platinum-blonde ice queen with a punk rock snarl. The band split up in 1982 following legal and financial troubles, as well as the illness of primary songwriter (and Harry’s former longterm romantic partner) Chris Stein, only to triumphantly regroup in the late 1990s with their comeback album No Exit. The band still releases new material and performs today, and at 68 years old, Debbie Harry remains an iconic sex symbol. Although Ms. Harry has been an ally to the gay community in the past (speaking as an advocate for gay marriage and participating in Pride celebrations), it’s wonderful to know that we can count her as an outspoken member of our own community.
In terms of her future, Ms. Harry expressed a desire to fall in love again someday, adding: “I don’t know if I have any specific requirements – just somebody nice, who has a good sense of humour and loves to have sex. What more could you ask for?”
I cannot speak about this anymore because I am still reeling, but here is Debbie to sing you a song about how she feels about you and your beautiful future together:
OH MY GOD
SOMEBODY HOLD ME.
My identity as a bisexual women has never felt so valid. This rules. She rules. Blondie rules. Gonna listen to Eat to the Beat and gloat for the rest of the day.
Just when you think someone couldn’t be more BABE…
OMG!!!! Totally just listened to the Call Me song, because the excellent title of this article got it in my head. Anyway, she never genders the human she’s asking to call her in the song! They’re just baby, darling, lover! Obviously totally on purpose. YES.
But she didn’t say she identifies as bisexual; she said she “doesn’t have specific requirements.” She confirmed roughly a decade ago that she’s had sexual relationships with women, and saying now that she doesn’t really have a preference isn’t the same thing as identifying as bisexual. I’m 150% for bi solidarity and as thrilled as anyone that she’s open about being fluid, but if she didn’t say the ever-political b-word herself, it doesn’t feel accurate to say it for her.
Agreed. The bi label was applied by dailymail, Debbie didn’t choose it herself.
2004 she said, “I have had my sexual relationships with women, yes. I have had – and probably will still have – a pretty exotic lifestyle.”
“I am probably more heterosexual than I am homosexual, or even bisexual.”
Still, YAY DEBBIE!
I agree. She didn’t actually say she identifies as bisexual. The author of that article did it for her. She is only quoted as saying she had been with women in the past and doesn’t have specific requirements for her next partner. That’s different than actually saying “I identify as bisexual” so I’m a little iffy about giving her that label unless it’s a term she’s using herself.
I agree 100%
Agreed. I’m all about letting people identify as they wish.
“if she didn’t say the ever-political b-word herself, it doesn’t feel accurate to say it for her.”
kind of like what amber heard said in 2009. no labels but she confirmed having relationships with men and women. :)
Time to play “A rose by any name” once and again!
Per rule 309 subsection c of the bisexual code, which expressly commands us to use all the puns all the time, it’s been officially renamed. It’s now “A Rose Bi Any Name.”
This is weird because I just thought this might be true of her the other day, apropos of nothing. Have I become tuned to the vibrations of the secret Universal Queer Order? Gosh, I hope so.
I totally get this. It kinda feels a bit like magic doesn’t it?
I had the same thing! Just a few days ago I was randomly thinking about it, and then, ta-dah! Maybe these vibrations of the secret Universal Queer Order (I love that!) ARE real!
As if I really needed a specific reason to rewatch the episode of The Muppet Show that she guest starred on for the like millionth time, but this is a pretty good one.
I’ll run with this, no matter how tenuous it may be. Please Lesbian Jesus add Emmylou Harris, Frazey Ford, and Phylicia Rashad next.
I don´t think my heart could handle Phylicia Rashad.
If Emmylou Harris or Frazey Ford came out as anywhere on the queer spectrum I think I would actually explode from all the feelings.
yep, somehow just read that as “harrison ford”
HARRISON FORD BISEXUAL???
Woah! Totally caught me off guard for sure! Time to go listen to some Blondie
So I started singing ‘I drove all niiiight’ in celebration, but then I thought ‘dude, you’re an idiot’ and ‘that’s Cyndi Lauper’.
I am picturing the sheep(?) in your avatar as the narrator of this comment and it is glorious.
Madam, I am a goat. Some of my earlier work is available on youtube:
You are impressed by my perfect pitch, I am sure.
Daily Mail no understand ‘bisexual’: ‘Blondie Star reveals she is bisexual despite relationship with bandmate’.
What the Daily Mail doesn’t understand could fill . . . a legitimate newspaper.
OHMYGOD OHMYGOD OHMYGOD
Debbie Harry gave me my “I knew when…” moment. Seriously, 12 year old me seeing the vid for Heart Of Glass, and even just listening to Call Me – oh wow, I knew I wasn’t straight and there was no going back. I loved it. And for that I will always love her.
I imagine that Debbie Harry must have related to the Samantha Fox/ Sabrina version
of “Call Me” with an especially explicit version in a live performance in Russia!