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Peppers Bass Player Flea Sought Gay Direction because of Strict Father


by Redaktie in Media & entertainment , 26 December 2019

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Bassist Flea from rock band the Red Hot Chili Peppers started looking for his homosexual side at a young age in response to his strict father’s ideas. That is what the musician reveals in his upcoming autobiography Acid for the Children.

The bass player says that his father put him in his place at the age of six, after he had asked for a kiss. It led to his rebellion against the straitjacket of male identity, as can be read in the chapter Men Don't Kiss Men in his biography.

That rebellion was reflected in the Red Hot Chili Peppers, when early in their career, they posed for the gay porn magazine In Touch.  In draft versions of his autobiography, the 57-year-old Michael Peter Balzary, Flea's real name, he also elaborates on his own gay experiences. The bass player decided to delete those passages. "I didn't want it to cause a sensation. To me, it is nothing special. I was experimenting, and it turned out I was not gay.”

Balzary also tells in his autobiography that from childhood on, he liked to run around naked because of its freedom and rebel. The same freedom was also seen through the Red Hot Chili Peppers. For example, they regularly performed with only a sock around their genitals. In 2016 the band took part in Carpool Karaoke in the nude.




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