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‘Anti-gay’ singer takes top prize at Eurovision 2015

‘Anti-gay’ singer takes top prize at Eurovision 2015

MÃ¥ns Zelmerlöw is the winner of this year’s 60th Eurovision Song Contest.

The singer from Sweden took top prize with his performance of Heroes.

Last year the 28-year-old found himself in hot water after saying LGBTI couples should not be parents.

According to The Independent, he maintained it ‘isn’t equally natural for men to want to sleep with one another.’

He then called same-sex sexuality an ‘avvikelse’ (abnormality).

Zelmerlöw added, however, ‘there isn’t anything wrong with it at all.’

He eventually released a statement, apologizing for his remarks.

‘I believe and hope that the vast majority know that I respect differences and all forms of love,’ the singer said, according to The Independent.

Supporters defend him, claiming he mean abnormal in the statistical sense and that the show on which he made the comments in March 2014 is one where celebrities drink and have dinner and it may have been the alcohol which made him stumble on his words.

He subsequently is reported to have worked with LGBTI organizations in Sweden which may indicate a change of heart. Others say he has always been a ‘straight ally’.

His Eurovision acceptance speech indicates that is so.

‘I have so much to say… I’m so extremely happy,’ he said as he accepted the award, according to the BBC.

‘We are all heroes, no matter who we love, who we are or what we believe in.’

This year’s show was co-hosted by the 2014 winner, drag superstar Conchita Wurst.