posted by Josh Lee

“I am happy, I am here for you, and I am proud of who I am”

19-year-old viral YouTube star and singer Greyson Chance has come out as gay.

Seven years ago, a then 12-year-old Greyson became an internet sensation after a YouTube video of him performing Lady Gaga’s ‘Paparazzi’ went viral.

Greyson’s cover was so popular that he was invited onto the Ellen Degeneres Show – which, as everybody knows, is the moment you officially become an online star; and even bagged himself a record deal with Ellen’s label, Eleveneleven.

For the next few years, Greyson kept his sexuality private.

But after receiving a message from a “brave indivdual” he decided to go public, and took to Instagram to come out officially. He wrote:

The decision to write this came after I received a message from a brave individual. Such message inspired me to shed light on an aspect of my private life which I have kept distant from my career in music. I came to fully recognize that I was gay when I was sixteen. I decided not to publicize my sexuality largely due to a matter of privacy, as I was still trying to find comfort and confidence within my own skin. Further, I always found conversations regarding music, politics, art, books – and the greatness of Nas’ catalog – to be far more interesting than what type of guy I was into. This is still true today. While this message is most definitely overdue, I encourage anyone who is navigating their sexuality to devote as much time as they need to the process of finding self-confidence, self-acceptance, and self-love. Hell, for me, it took years to write this message. Nevertheless, I figured now was the time to let a few more friends know that I am happy, I am here for you, and I am proud of who I am. Cheers -G

 

The decision to write this came after I received a message from a brave individual. Such message inspired me to shed light on an aspect of my private life which I have kept distant from my career in music. I came to fully recognize that I was gay when I was sixteen. I decided not to publicize my sexuality largely due to a matter of privacy, as I was still trying to find comfort and confidence within my own skin. Further, I always found conversations regarding music, politics, art, books – and the greatness of Nas’ catalog – to be far more interesting than what type of guy I was into. This is still true today. While this message is most definitely overdue, I encourage anyone who is navigating their sexuality to devote as much time as they need to the process of finding self-confidence, self-acceptance, and self-love. Hell, for me, it took years to write this message. Nevertheless, I figured now was the time to let a few more friends know that I am happy, I am here for you, and I am proud of who I am. Cheers -G

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Greyson Chance fans took to Twitter to congratulate him for coming out publicly.

If that wasn’t exciting enough for you, there could also be some new Greyson Chance music on the way.

The singer tweeted a picture shortly after his Instagram post with the caption, “My sassy ‘we are going to be in the studio until 4’ face”

Consider us shook on all fronts.


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