In a 1976 Rolling Stone cover story, Elton John told writer Cliff Jahr that he was bisexual. "There's nothing wrong with going to bed with somebody of your own sex," John said. "I think everybody's bisexual to a certain degree . . . I mean, who cares! I just think people should be very free with sex – they should draw the line at goats." The immediate impact on his career is difficult to gauge, since John's album sales had already begun slipping the previous year with the release of Rock of the Westies. But the news shocked many fans, believe it or not. "As a highly devoted Elton John fan, I regret being needlessly informed that my 'hero' is bisexual," one intolerant fan wrote to Rolling Stone after the article's publication. "The effect is shattering."