06.30.2020

Diana Ross was told 'I'm Coming Out' would ruin her career, says Nile Rodgers

Diana Ross was told 'I'm Coming Out' would ruin her career, says Nile Rodgers Photo by Paul Natkin / Getty Images

Diana Ross' "I'm Coming Out" has become an LGBTQ Pride anthem, but the singer was warned four decades ago that the song could ruin her career, according to songwriter Nile Rodgers.

"We never delved into the meaning or why we wrote it — until played it for Frankie Crocker, who had now become the No. 1 radio personality in the world. She left our studio floating on air, she just loved her album, but when she played it for Frankie, it was not a good experience. He told her it would ruin her career," Rodgers said in a new interview with Yahoo Music.

He recalled Ross coming back to the studio "crestfallen and heartbroken." She then asked Rodgers and his co-writer, Bernard Edwards, why they were trying to ruin her career.

For the full story, visit Today.com/Pop-Culture.