Hong Kong star reveals bisexuality

BY Advocate.com Editors

May 04 2001 11:00 PM ET

Popular Hong Kong performer Leslie Cheung, most famous in America for his role as the conflicted gay opera star in Farewell My Concubine, has acknowledged to being bisexual, according to Time magazine’s Asian edition. Cheung’s appeal has always been distinctly pansexual, and he chose the Western name Leslie specifically because it tied him to neither sex. His latest music video, which involves a pas de deux with a male ballet dancer, was deemed too erotic for broadcast on TVB, Hong Kong’s top channel. His recently concluded “Passions” tour involved eight Jean-Paul Gaultier outfits, a wardrobe that covered everything from a white tux to a saucy skirt. When an audience member in Toronto cried out, “I love you, Leslie!” he quoted back one of his own lines from the film He’s a Woman, She’s a Man: “I love you too, whether you’re a boy or a girl.”

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