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The bearded queen who took home the top honors at the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest is no more, as a new Conchita Wurst music video proves. Released on March 15 as the debut single for a new album, the music video for “Hit Me” features a completely new Conchita Wurst look, complete with platinum hair and beard.
Despite the transformation, Conchita Wurst, whose real name is Tom Neuwirth, has released the new single under the “Conchita” name.
Fans seem to enjoy the new look, with one fan describing it as “beautiful sexy fallen evil alien angel.”
Despite putting himself on the map in 2014 with the track “Rise Like a Phoenix,” two years ago he sat down with German newspaper Die Welt for a lengthy interview in which he said, “I feel like I want to create a new person. With the bearded lady, I have achieved everything I wanted since the Song Contest victory.”
“I have to kill her,” he said about the bearded lady persona.
In that same interview, Neuwirth addressed misconceptions that he is a trans woman: “I am and always will be Tom. I don’t want to be a woman. I love men, but as a man. When I am dressed as Conchita, men don’t interest me. As a drag act, I feel completely asexual.”
A year later, in April 2018, he made headlines when he revealed that he is HIV-positive, an announcement he only made after an alleged threat of blackmail. “An ex-boyfriend is threatening me to go public with this private information,” he wrote on Instagram, “and I will not give anyone the right to frighten me and affect my life in the future.”
The ability to pre-order the new Conchita Wurst album is expected soon.