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Brendon Urie, the lead singer of American rock band Panic! at the Disco, has revealed that he identifies as pansexual.
The 31-year-old vocalist, songwriter, and musician opened up about his sexuality in an interview with Paper magazine. “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. 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.”
Urie added: “I guess this is me coming out as pansexual.”
The star has long known to be a supporter and ally of the LGBTQ community, including waving the rainbow flag on stage and kissing one of his bandmates.
“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.”
He also addressed the issue of previously using the term “barsexual,” explaining that, “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.”
Urie apologised for using the word: “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.”
Pansexuality is the sexual, romantic or emotional attraction towards people regardless of their sex or gender identity. In April, singer, songwriter, rapper and actress Janelle Monáe also revealed that she identifies as pansexual.