Little Richard Talks Friend Killing His Father, Being Gay & Girlfriends

Posted On : June 23, 2015

**FILE**  Little Richard performs during halftime at the Liberty Bowl in this Dec. 31, 2004 file photo in Memphis, Tenn.   Little Richard built some goodwill in his hometown when he donated almost half of his concert fees to settle concerns over who was paying the tab for his show Saturday, Oct. 8, 2005. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

Little Richard has lived quite an interesting life- one that he himself has said has been peppered with alcohol, cocaine, angel dust, same-sex attractions, orgies, church sermons, and Bible sessions, but through it all, there’s one thing that has remained a constant in his life: his love for the stage.

In a 2010 interview, there are many details that Little Richard revealed about his colorful life- some tragic and some are just straight up entertaining to say the least. After reading this words, I realize that had Little Richard been an artist of this decade, he would have probably been celebrated along the lines of the same fanfare that Bruce (Caitlyn) Jenner has. Why? Some would argue that it’s because we are losing touch with religious teachings or that we’ve lost touch with good, honest, and decent morals. But we think it’s that we understand ourselves better, and that the love in our hearts outweigh everything. At this point in our lives, we know, or know someone who’s friend or family members have non-traditional sexual preferences, so we are smarter and therefore wiser. With that being said, take a look at a few tidbits from Little Richard’s mouth, then you decided…are we more in tune with our hearts or have we lost all sense of morals?


Little Richard on his good friend murdering his Father after his Father kicked Richard out of the house when he was 19:
Richard Wayne Penniman was born in Macon on 5 December 1932, the third of 12 children. His father, Bud, sold moonshine. “My daddy,” Richard said, “put me out of the house. He said he wanted seven boys, and that I had spoiled it, because I was gay.” Bud was shot dead outside a local bar when Richard was 19. “My best friend Frank shot him,” says the singer. “He was out of jail in a week. We never quite found out what really happened.”

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On how he tricked his girlfriend and wife into believing he was straight and how he felt guilty about his sexuality:
In his teenage years, Richard tended to indulge his own sexual appetites with gusto, then condemn his behavior as satanic. In recent years, he has developed a more liberal view of homosexuality. “I’ve been gay all my life and I know God is a God of love, not of hate,” he told Penthouse in 1995. “How can I [put] down the fisherman when I’ve been fishing all my life?” He adds that Lee Angel (a girlfriend), and Ernestine Campbell, a Bible student who was married to him between 1959 and 1961, didn’t see he was gay because “they just thought of me as a pumper [fan of masturbation]. I was pumping so much…