Judas Priest‘s Rob Halford reveals in an interview that he still receives abuse online. Although he receives the comments, Rob says “everything bounces off” him. Speaking in the interview, the Metal Gods singer discusses why it is important to read comments from internet trolls.
On Canada’s CBC Radio One, Halford was asked if he wanted to continue “screaming his t**s off forever.” This is something he said in his recently released autobiography Confess.
“Being the stately homo of heavy metal, I’m allowed to say that I can do anything now. Everything bounces off me. I still get bullied occasionally on the Internet, social media. That’s just the way it is.”
Halford was the first metal icon to announce he was gay, during an MTV interview in 1998. When asked if he reads the comments online, the frontman says he ‘embraces them’.
“Yeah, I do, because it’s important that I do, because that way I know that there are still those kinds of people out there. And I embrace them, I don’t push ’em away; I embrace them. [When it happens] I say, ‘Let’s talk about why you feel that way.
Halford explains; “You have to have empathy, you can’t put up walls, you can’t suppress. You have to be open, you have to be ready to talk, no matter how difficult it is, because that can help. And if you can help somebody, that’s a good thing to do.”
Halford gives update on new album
Just last week, Halford gave an update to fans about the status of Judas Priest’s upcoming 19th studio album. He reveals the follow-up to 2018’s ‘Firepower’ is currently being put together. Although, he says work is being done in an unusual way, due to the coronavirus pandemic. Speaking to Iowa radio station Lazer 103.3 , Halford said they have “already started work on it.”
“We had some great writing sessions in the early part of this year until the world came to a stop in late March.”