Jamaican Reggae singer Diana King came out as a lesbian in a note posted to her official Facebook Page on Thursday.
King began her note:
My name is DIANA EUGENA KING, known to most as DIANA KING my fans call me KingSinga.
I AM … WOMAN … MOTHER ... AUNT … JAMAICAN … AMERICAN ... INTERNATIONAL ARTIST ... SINGER ... SONGWRITER ... BAND LEADER … FRIEND ... LOVER ... ENTREPRENEUR ... GODDESS! among other things AND YES!!!…
I AM A LESBIAN ... the answer to my most asked INDIRECT question.
I welcome the "WHO CARES" right now LOL.
The note addressed reasons why she had not publicly addressed her sexual orientation previously, the importance of telling her fans, and that there are members of the LGBT community all over:
WE ARE everywhere and everyone whether U acknowledge US or not. WE R people U love and cannot live without. WE bring U joy and entertain U. Some of U have even gotten married and made love to our songs, repeated our quotes and have our Art hanging in your homes. WE save your lives in hospitals and in wars, WE defend U in the courts and stand up for your rights WE design the clothes and shoes U just have to have and cannot live without U hand us your money at the banks WE fly U to the beautiful and exciting places U love to travel to WE give U knowledge and inspiration everyday with our words, music and dance. U eat in our restaurants and U dance in our noughtclubs. WE hold your hands and pray for U on your deathbeds. WE deliver your babies and WE marry U.
WE R your NEIGHBORS your FRIENDS and your FAMILY.
King, known for her songs “Shy Guy,” “I Say A Little Prayer,” and “L-L-Lies,” has made a comeback in recent years with the 2010 release of her album Warrior Girl, which was release digitally in the US in 2011 under the name Agirlnameking. In January she shared the stage with Celine Dion at the Jamaica Jazz and Blues Festival in Trelawny. Watch their performance below: