Stephen Fry spoken about his documentary investigating attitudes to homosexuality, admitting what he learnt could have been connected in some way to his suicide attempt earlier this year.
Opening up to Kate Garraway on Daybreak, Stephen admitted:
It’s very interesting, I’ve asked myself that question and I suppose it probably was connected somewhere though if you suffer from mood swings and when the depressive cycle hits you, there comes an overwhelming sense of uselessness and futility of life and the future, your own personal life and any sense that it’s going to make and I think it wasn’t helped by seeing such brutality, ignorance, stupidity and horror really so there probably is a connection, yes.
I have [got love in my life] I’m happy to say. That’s what it’s about, people are obsessed with the fact that being gay is about sex but it is about love and that’s the point.
Telling his reasons why he wanted to do a documentary like this, Stephen said it was down to him wanting to see the attitudes towards homosexuality from some of the biggest countries in the world:
I know to some it can seem something that one bores on about, the nature of being gay and the acceptance in society of gay people. At the moment around the world, we seem to be taking a step forward as we are in Britain – just allowing people to get on with their lives and their loves – and in other parts of the world, two steps are being taken back so I wanted to take a kind of snapshot of what it was like around the world at the moment in various big important countries and it was fascinating.
Speaking to ITV’s Lorraine show later on, Stephen talked about how he dealt with growing up as a gay man:
It was a struggle because I grew up A, in the middle of the country and B, in an age well before the internet. By accident, being gay made me fascinated with language and literature and so I wonder if I had grown up in the 1980s and particularly 1990s, when the web was up and running and everything was easier, it’s easier to understand that you were gay which is acceptance of being gay. I’m not saying it’s easy for everyone but I wonder if I would have taken this huge journey into literature for which I’m eternally grateful.
He also spoke about people in the public eye who hide their sexual orientation, saying:
It’s very difficult, I have actor friends who are gay whose British agents say it’s fine and whose American agents say ‘you come out, you’re dead’. I did interview an extraordinary man whose job is to ‘de-gay’ people’s accents.
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