Brendon Urie, frontman for Panic! At The Disco, opened up about his sexual identity in an interview with Paper Magazine on Friday.
Just days after donating $1 million to GLSEN for LGBTQ+ youth, 31-year-old Brendon Urie says he identifies as pansexual and is attracted to men and women.
“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,” Urie said. “Yeah I guess you could qualify me as pansexual because I really don’t care.”
His “coming out” was part of his answer to a question about why Panic! fans thank him for helping them come to terms with their own sexuality.
“I wrote this song ‘Girls, Girls, Boys’ about my first threesome when I was 15 or 16. That song was about my first threesome, but they made it about coming out and accepting who you are as person which I thought, what a way better message,” he said.
He explains his sexuality as being about people before body.
“If a person is great, then a person is great,” Urie said. “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.”
Read the rest of the discussion of sexuality below:
So you’re pansexual.
I guess so, I guess this is me coming out as pansexual.
Did you find yourself as a young man having to really come to terms with your sexuality?
It was never weird for me. I know that it made a few people uncomfortable, when somebody gets uncomfortable about me doing what I used to call “stage gay.” It kind of presses me to want to do it more.
What’s “stage gay”?
For our first headline tour I would go up to Ryan our guitar player, and like kiss him on the neck or kiss him on the mouth and he would be so mad. I was like, I just want to kiss you bro. I would hang out with friends and after five or six beers we’re just kind of like smooching on each other. People just get hammered and fool around.
You call it “barsexual,” right?
Oh, yeah barsexual. People get offended by that. I’ve said things without thinking about it — not trying to be offensive. I need to apologize for that. I’m of the, it’s not what people say it’s what they do and who they are. We’re so focused on rhetoric and stuff it’s like “Yeah, Donald Trump says really dumb shit all the time but he’s doing way worse shit.”
Panic! At The Disco’s sixth studio album Pray for the Wicked dropped last month and is currently sitting at no.1 on the Billboard 200. The group is also no.1 on Billboard’s Artist 100 chart for the first time in U.S. history.Note: Populove is currently undergoing site maintenance following a hiatus. Some post images and comments from previous months may not appear as we work on the issue.