Out director John Waters says that he never came out gay because no one ever asked.

The Baltimore-born Waters rose to fame in the early 1970s, producing underground films with controversial people, including drag queen Divine and convicted criminal Patty Hearst. Many of his outrageous films – such as Pink Flamingos and Polyester – have gone on to become cult classics.

During an appearance on the Michelangelo Signorile Show on SiriusXM radio, Waters told host Michelangelo Signorile that he was never asked about his sexuality.

“I was on the cover of some magazine called Gay News or Gay Times – I don’t remember what it was – in 1972, but not because I came out, but because it was the only person to ask me to be on the cover,” Waters said. “And a lot of magazines, including The Advocate, did an interview and said, ‘The most out director,’ but they never had the nerve to ask me if I was gay. They thought it was, like my parents, it was something worse than gay. So a lot of people never asked if I was gay because they were afraid I'd say, 'No, I'm a necrophiliac' which, even that, that's just fear of performance.”

Waters added that being rich for him means not having to hang around “with assholes.”

“And it took me – I'm 69 – it took me 50-something years to get to that position in my life, that you never are around assholes. That's power,” he said.