He added: "Jesus wanted us to be loving and forgiving. I don't know what makes people so cruel. Try being a gay woman in the Middle East - you're as good as dead."
Talking about how he and David Furnish, 47 - now his "husband" - first got together, the pop veteran told Parade magazine: "I was attracted to David immediately. He was very well dressed, very shy. The next night we had dinner. "After it, we fell in love very quickly."
He said of previous lovers: "I'd always choose someone younger. I wanted to smother them with love. I'd take them around the world, try to educate them. "One after another they got a Cartier watch, a Versace outfit, maybe a sports car. "They didn't have jobs. They were reliant on me. "In six months they were bored and hated my guts because I'd taken their lives and self-worth away. I hadn't intended to."