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Passion Pit’s Michael Angelakos has been open with the media and his fans about his struggle with bipolar disorder since he revealed his diagnosis three years ago. But in a new interview on author Brett Easton Ellis’ podcast, which debuted Monday, Angelakos has come out as gay.

“Specifically with my sexuality, it was just, unlike bipolar, ‘Don’t get help. Don’t talk to anyone,'” he said. “I lived in such a straight group of people. Not like anyone wasn’t going to be understanding, it was not the time.” Easton asked him to clarify whether he meant the music or college scene. “Kind of both. This was dudes in bands talking about girls. It was just so easy at the time to talk about girls. I just kept writing about them. It was like the music was then again informing … I was going through so many difficult issues with girls in general that when I started dating my wife she just quieted them so much so. She was such a good friend. It became kind of a non-issue.”

He continued talking about his marriage to New York stylist Kristy Mucci, from whom he divorced earlier this year, Angelakos said, “It’s always been about putting it off in my head — not consciously. When you’re teetering on the edge of heterosexuality or homosexuality and you don’t know what’s going on, it’s just so comfortable to keep coming back to what you know. That person’s not going to question you.” And later he said his wife knew he was bisexual. “I just wanted so badly to be straight, because I love her so much. I think that was one of the most painful things when we decided to separate.”

His comments relating to sexuality begin around the 49-minute mark but you can hear the entire podcast, which is worth listening to, below.

Passion Pit just wrapped up its summer tour, supporting Kindred, which came out in April.