5 revelations about Willie Nelson and his new memoir, ‘Me and Paul’
Willie Nelson has had plenty to say about his new memoir, “Me and Paul” – and it’s all pretty controversial. After his first public remarks on the book and his thoughts on the #MeToo movement, Nelson sat down with SiriusXM’s hosts, Steve and Rich. Here are the five biggest revelations from one of the true legends of American music.
1. Willie Nelson is gay.
“I think you know Willie is gay. If he didn’t, I’d tell you,” Rich asked him.
Willie replied, “I used to be a homosexual man. A lot of people are gay.”
“Do you regret it?” Steve wondered.
“Well, I don’t regret it as a person. I think it’s a part of me. I always have been. I always will be. I’m not going to change.”
“I know you weren’t lying,” Rich said.
“No, I’m not,” Willie said.
“It hasn’t changed you, Willie,” Steve said. “It hasn’t changed you at all.”
Nelson told Rich about his relationship with a gay man while on tour. “I have never, in my life, been intimate with anyone who is gay,” he said. “I mean that’s who I am and I’ve always been. I don’t know why I don’t sleep with all these people I see on tour … I’m just not in the market for love. I’ve never been in love. But I think you make love to who you are.”
4. Willie Nelson has been a longtime reader of the “New York Times Book Review.”
“I will say I can quote a lot of your reviews here in the book,”