I know people are questioning the fact that their long break is nearly over and they haven’t CO. I have always been team optimism and still am, but that doesn’t necessarily mean it will happen in the next week or so. It still could, but then again it might not and that is okay. I can see all of the incredibly positive changes that have taken place and infer from them that things are still progressing in that direction and that they ultimately want the freedom to live life being true to themselves to be the end result of this process. Despite that, there are too many factors to really figure out when so I’m just enjoying the positive and assuming from it that they are working towards an eventual CO.
Here’s the unpopular part…Having said the above, I’ve never thought that a coming out would necessarily have to happen during a break from tour. I get why people think it makes sense, but I could also see it happening during tour. Something super casual, likely started on social media. Confirmed by a rep but not addressed specifically by H/L. They could continue performing, business as usual, allowing people to accept the news and adjust to a new reality before addressing it head on. Continuing to perform and having people focused on the tour and the music rather than their personal lives would be a big enough distraction that they would also have a chance to adjust (because it will be stressful for them–good things can cause stress as well–getting married and buying a home are two positive things listed in the top largest stressful events in life).
So, if there was a CO during tour, they would be able to let the dust settle and then once the tour ended, they could start the talk show circuit allowing it to serve dual purposes–promo for their new album and finally being able to address their new public relationship status. By delaying the interview questions about it, they could potentially avoid some of the negative knee jerk reactions, because as I said, people would have had time to let it sink in. Addressing it after their tour would actually help with a re-brand and promo for a new album which many have alluded towards being important moving forward. By withholding the interviews until afterward, they would have held onto the ‘marketability’ to a certain extent. Exclusive interviews and articles would still garner a tremendous amount of attention to both them as well as the band.
There are so many ways that things could happen really and this is just one random thought. At the end of the day, it will be the way that they want it to be and that is the most important thing. It’s obvious (to me at least) that they’re getting there and as long as they continue to look happy and at peace with one another and in general, that is enough to keep a smile on my face as well.