MANILA - Openly gay British singer Boy George said he is saddened by the mass shooting that took place in Orlando, Florida.
"I think my sentiments would be the same as any sane person," Boy George said in a press conference held two days before he is scheduled to perform at the Smart Araneta Coliseum with pop rock band Culture Club.
"As a gay man, I can't even put it into words how I felt. And unfortunately, it happened around my birthday so it made it really difficult for me to really enjoy it. I just kept thinking about all those victims and their families," he added.
A lone gunman, identified as 29-year-old Omar Mateen, attacked a crowded gay nightclub last Sunday, killing 50 and injuring 53 others. It was the worst mass shooting in U.S. history.
"Obviously it's an attack on gay people, but it's really just an attack on everybody. But what's been really [positive] is that it made people a lot more aware about the issues facing the LGBT community," Boy George explained.
Asked about how he maintains a fun-loving outlook in life, he replied: "I think there's a lot of stuff going on in the world all the time that can make you sad. But I think you have to remain positive."
"For me, personally, when I was younger I used to believe that circumstances controlled everything in my life. Something sad happened and now I'm sad. And as I got older, I've realized that you can actually invest in happiness, you can actually make a choice about how you look at everything: good or bad."