Jason Mraz addressed his bisexuality through music
Jason Mraz has revealed he nearly recorded an album titled L-G-Me-T referencing his bisexuality.
The “I’m Yours” singer spoke about being attracted to both men and women in June 2018, in a letter to Billboard magazine marking Pride Month.
In an interview with Boston radio station WBUR, Jason Mraz opened up about his decision to publicly come out as bi at age 40.
He explained: “I was making an example of my own sexual preferences, which at times have been on either the female gender or the male gender, so bisexuality, if you will.”
“Most of my life, I assumed that everyone must be B.”
— Jason Mraz
Mraz, who married wife Christina Carano in 2015, added: “As I was writing the letter… I realized I couldn’t write it to a community that stood over there. I was with that community, so it felt almost like a lie to say, ‘I’m with you.’
“It felt more comforting and more authentic of me to say, ‘Yeah, this is who I am. I’ve been able to stand on both sides.'”
Jason Mraz wanted to call album L-G-Me-T to reference his bisexuality
Mraz told the outlet: “Being the B in LGBT is sort of the one that’s least, I don’t know — it has the least potency, if you will.
“Honestly, most of my life, I assumed that everyone must be B until they land their identity, but for me, I do feel comfortable in my B.”
The singer revealed: “In fact, one of my working titles for this new album which is called Know. was L-G-Me-T, where I put me as the letter B.”
He added: “I didn’t want to make that the only conversation about this record, and by the end of the process, the album became ten love letters to my wife, which is great, but it just didn’t match, that title didn’t really match the final curation of the record.”
The album Know. was released in August 2018.
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The star had made no secret of his bisexuality through his career.
In a 2005 interview with Genre magazine, he said: “I have a bisexually open mind, but I have never been in a sexual relationship with a man. If the right one came along, then sure.”
In his 2018 letter to Billboard, Jason Mraz wrote: “We still have a long way to go, but know I am bi your side. All ways.”
He faced some criticism after the letter, for using the term Two Spirit to describe himself.
Two Spirit is a term used by Indigenous North American and First Nations people to represent those who possess both masculine and feminine spirits, and can encompass sexual, gender and/or spiritual identities.