I swear I - along with the rest of the entire world - thought REM's singer Michael Stipe came out of the closet at birth, but that's not the case. In coming out of the closet he told Spin this:
“I recognize that to have public figures be very open about their sexuality helps some kid somewhere out there”
Either way, we're happy that he has come to terms with this. The band's new album, Accelerate that supposedly is a return to form is streaming at iLike. Additionally there is an interview with his Stipe himself over at Pitchfork.