Michael Angelakos is best known as the frontman of the Massachusetts psych-synth pop outfit Passion Pit and speaking forthright about his own struggle with mental illness. The singer also recently discussed his sexuality for the first time on author Bret Easton Ellis' B.E.E. Podcast.

On the podcast, Michael discussed his separation from his now ex-wife and his decision to come out. "When you're teetering on the edge of heterosexuality or homosexuality or whatever, you don't really know what's going on. It's so much more comfortable to just keep going back to what you know." Speaking on his ex-wife, he continued: "I just wanted so badly to be straight because I love her so much. I think that was one of the most painful things when we decided to separate." The singer went on to explain that for him, it was always about "putting it off" before realizing he finally needed to address his true feelings. “I said, ‘Ok, I kind of just need to talk to people about the fact that I am. I’m gay. And that’s it. It just has to happen.' This was exactly the type of situation where I don’t feel like I’m being threatened.”

Since coming out publicly yesterday, Angelakos has received an outpour of support and took to Twitter to thank his fans.

i've received so many kind and supportive messages today. thank you for reaching out and being so kind to me.

— Passion Pit (@passionpit) November 10, 2015

You can listen to Michael's full discussion with Bret below.