Cynic’s Paul Masvidal + Sean Reinert Publicly Come Out as Gay
For the first time ever, longtime Cynic musicians Paul Masvidal and Sean Reinert have discussed their sexuality in a public forum. In a new interview, Masvidal and Reinert publicly come out as being gay while discussing the hardships of homosexuality in the world of metal.
Masvidal and Reinert’s sexuality has never truly been a secret amongst Cynic fans, but the two had never publicly addressed the topic either. In a new interview with the L.A. Times, the two musicians, who have been jamming together since middle school and also played on Death‘s iconic ‘Human’ album, proudly discuss their lives as gay men. The two musicians also clarified that they have never been attracted to each other.
Frontman Paul Masvidal has been out of the closet among friends and family since 1991. Drummer Sean Reinert took longer to come out, unable to truly discover his identity like Masvidal. “I knew that, secretly, I wanted to go to those clubs too,” Reinert says. “But back then, my stereotype of how to be gay was wearing dresses and tank tops. I didn’t have any masculine, metal role models who were gay.”
“It’s one thing to make out with your bandmates and just ‘play gay’ because it’s edgy,” Masvidal adds. “There’s definitely going to be a reaction, but it’s important that we be truthful.”
As highly respected metal musicians, the members of Cynic are public figures amongst fans. Unfortunately, that very status led to an uncomfortable reality for Reinert. “I went on a date with this one awful guy who blogged about it on his website,” the drummer explains. “So for years, if you typed my name into Google, the second thing that came up, after ‘Sean Reinert Drummer,’ was ‘Sean Reinert Gay.'”
In the L.A. Times interview, Reinert also sends a clear message to those who may rally against his homosexuality. “Gay people are everywhere, doing every job, playing every kind of music and we always have been,” Reinert says. “It’s taken me years to finally be brave enough to say, ‘If you have a problem with that, then throw out our records. That’s your problem, not mine.'”
Cynic released their third full-length album, ‘Kindly Bent to Free Us,’ earlier this year. Check out our review of the disc here.