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Brendon Urie comes out as pansexual

Josh Jackman July 6, 2018
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LAS VEGAS, NV - SEPTEMBER 23: Musician Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco attends the 2016 iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 23, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

Brendon Urie has long been an LGBT+ advocate (David Becker/Getty)

Panic! at the Disco singer Brendon Urie has come out as pansexual.

The emo-rock singer, who earlier this month donated $1 million to help LGBT kids in US schools, said it was “just people that I am attracted to.”

The singer of “I Write Sins Not Tragedies” has long been an LGBT advocate, and went viral in April when he spoke out in support of people who use gender-neutral pronouns.

BURBANK, CA - JUNE 21:  Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco performs onstage during the iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Panic! At The Disco at the iHeartRadio Theater on June 21, 2018 in Burbank, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
Urie spoke out in support of people who want to use gender-neutral pronouns (Kevin Winter/Getty)

But during an interview with Paper Magazine, he clarified his sexuality.

Responding to a question about rejecting stereotypes about masculinity, he said: “I’m married to a woman and I’m very much in love with her but I’m not opposed to a man because to me, I like a person.

“Yeah, I guess you could qualify me as pansexual because I really don’t care,” Urie continued.

BURBANK, CA - JUNE 21:  Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco performs onstage during the iHeartRadio Album Release Party with Panic! At The Disco at the iHeartRadio Theater on June 21, 2018 in Burbank, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
Urie performs in California wrapped in a rainbow Pride flag (Kevin Winter/Getty)

“If a person is great, then a person is great. I just like good people, if your heart’s in the right place.

“I’m definitely attracted to men. It’s just people that I am attracted to,” he added.

When asked directly if he was pansexual, the 31-year-old said: “I guess so, I guess this is me coming out as pansexual.”

Lead singer of US band Panic! At The Disco, Brendon Urie, holds a potato that was given to him as a gift, on stage at the iHeartRadio Album Release Party at the iHeartRadio Theater in Burbank, California on June 21, 2018. - Urie performed songs from the group's new album "Pray For The Wicked." (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)        (Photo credit should read ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty Images)
The singer holds a potato that was given to him as a gift at a concert (ROBYN BECK/AFP/Getty)

The singer recalled that coming to terms with his sexuality was “never weird for me.”

He also revealed: “My first bar was a gay bar, I got in underage technically.

“Ryan [Ross, who was in the band for five years] was 18 and I was 17 I think. We played a show somewhere in Texas. These two girls invited us out and she knew the bouncer so we just got in.

“I remember just being hit on all night and it was awesome. I was getting drinks all night,” he remembered.

“These guys would just come up and I was like, ‘I’m flattered but I’m not interested but thank you.’ They were like, ‘We’ll get you interested sweetheart.’

Brendon Urie of Panic! at the Disco attends the 2016 Daytime Village at the iHeartRadio Music Festival at the Las Vegas Village on September 24, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (David Becker/Getty for iHeartMedia)
Urie revealed that his first bar was a gay bar (David Becker/Getty)

“I was just like, ‘This is dope.'”

There are plenty of other singers who have come out this year.

In March, Demi Lovato explained her sexuality, saying: “I’m very fluid, and I think love is love.

SUNRISE, FL - DECEMBER 17: Demi Lovato performs at Y100's Jingle Ball 2017 at BB&T Center on December 17, 2017 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Gustavo Caballero/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)
Demi and dancer (Gustavo Caballero/Getty)

“You can find it in any gender.

“I like the freedom of being able to flirt with whoever I want.”

(ddlovato/Instagram)

In April, Kehlani came out as queer, not long after she kissed Lovato on stage during a concert.

The 22-year-old singer made the announcement after years of public speculation and media reports labelling her as bisexual or a lesbian.

INGLEWOOD, CA - MARCH 02: Singer Kehlani performs at The Forum on March 2, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
(Kevin Winter/Getty)

She wrote on Twitter: “cuz i keep geddin asked.. i’m queer. not bi, not straight. i’m attracted to women, men, REALLY attracted to queer men, non binary people, intersex people, trans people. lil poly pansexual papi hello good morning. does that answer your questions? ✨”

The two-time Grammy Award nominee added that “if ur attracted to a man and then change your energy up when you find out he’s sexually ambiguous or queer, thass gross.”

She told followers that “you bout to miss out on some fye s**t.”

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 23: Recording artist/ actress Janelle Monae attends the "Dirty Computer" screening at The Film Society of Lincoln Center, Walter Reade Theatre on April 23, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for Atlantic Records)
(Cindy Ord/Getty)

On April 26, Janelle Monáe came out as queer.

The 32-year-old singer ended years of rumours by calling herself “a queer black woman” who wasn’t sure if she was bisexual or pansexual, adding: “I’m open to learning more about who I am.”

And also in April, British pop star Anne-Marie revealed that she was attracted to women.

BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 11: Anne-Marie performs during Free Radio Live held at Genting Arena on November 11, 2017 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty Images)
(Eamonn M. McCormack/Getty)

The rising star, who just released her album Speak Your Mind, said: “I’ve never ever just been attracted to men. I’ve never just been attracted to women.

She added: “I’ve never felt the need to tell anyone that I’m bisexual. I don’t feel like I am.

“I just feel like I’m attracted to who I like.”

More: Brendon Urie, comes out, entertainment, Music, Panic! at the Disco, Pansexual, US, US

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