CONCHITA & ARAM MP3 MAKE PEACE
AMSTERDAM, THE NETHERLANDS – The representatives of Armenia and Austria at the Eurovision Song Contest have reconciled in Amsterdam during the Eurovision in Concert. Earlier the Armenian representative, Aram Mp3, made potentially homophobic remarks on Conchita Wurst’s appearance and orientation with the Austrian singer offering him education on gay issues.
However, it all seems to be behind them now as the two singers hugged and exchanged words among each other. Aram Mp3, who said his previous comments have been taken out of context and misunderstood, stated, “In my personal life and in my work, the respect for others is my guiding principle. Apart from being a musician, I’m also a comedian. Music and humor are inseparable parts of my life; I made some remarks recently in a humorous manner, which instead may have hurt the dear friends and fans. I really regret this and want to state clearly that I reject homophobia”.
Aram’s earlier comments on homosexuality saw him booed on stage in Amsterdam as he was to perform his song. The hosts tried to hush the crowd, saying the Armenian was misunderstood. The singer was shocked at the crowd’s response as he finished his performance and tried to explain his prior statements.