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BITTERSWEET SYMPHONY

ATTITUDE TALKS TO BEN COOPER OF RADICAL FACE ABOUT HOW FOLKTRONICA HAS HELPED HIM EXORCISE HIS DEMONS

{ Q & A }

You were kicked out at the age of 14 after you came out. What happened immediately after that?

When I first came out, my parents made me sleep in the tool shed behind the house while my stepfather and mother decided what to do with me. That lasted a couple days before I was told to go. I collected all my clothes and my belongings in a trash bag. It only filled up about half of one. Afterwards, I had to go and stay with my dad, who I hadn’t seen in a few years, as my mom had kicked him out about three years before. When I got there, the first thing I saw was a big Confederate flag on the wall. I remember being really scared.

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On the cover, the new queen of pop Christine and the Queens talks sexuality, subversion, Michael Jackson… and Trump! Elsewhere in this issue: from courtroom battles to the Strictly ballroom with Judge Rinder; Sweden’s siren Tove Lo on sex, drugs and pop music; Do throuples work? Millennial sexuality in the spotlight; and The Pass star Arinze Kene on the taboo of gay footballers.
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