"It's just people that I'm attracted to"
Brendon Urie has revealed in an interview with Papermag that he is pansexual.
“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.”
“Taking this thing that I wrote about and then changing it to be more inspiring for your own purposes, what a beautiful idea.”
The singer then went on to describe his marriage, saying he wasn’t “opposed” to a relationship with a man because he “like[s] a person.”
“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.”
“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.”
“I guess this is me coming out as pansexual,” the star told the magazine.
The singer also said the first bar he went to was a gar bar with former band member Ryan Ross after they had played a gig in Texas.
“…My first bar was a gay bar, I got in underage technically. Ryan 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. 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.” I was just like, This is dope.”
The singer addressed fan rumours about his relationship with Ross which he denied saying that he would perform “stage gay” when they were young, kissing Ross on the neck or mouth during gigs.
The singer went on to talk about the #MeToo movement, saying that he hopes more will be done to encourage people to come forward.
“I don’t think it’s over by any means. The thing that sucks that I think, is that a lot of guys don’t speak up. They don’t want to snitch and I’m like, “Motherfucker, snitch!” Those guys aren’t your friends, they’re not good people.”
“They are doing terrible things, tell people about it. Don’t protect your friend…I’m sure it’s going to keep coming out, I hope it does.”
Panic! At the Disco’s acclaimed new album, ‘Pray for the Wicked’ explores themes of coming to terms with your identity, the difficulty of which Urie has spoken of previously. Brought up Mormon, Urie has spoke of how religion was at odds with his identity growing up.
Reviewing the album, NME said “‘Pray for the Wicked’ digs into the realities of following a dream at direct odds with his Mormon upbringing, howling, ‘Swear to God I ain’t never gonna repent.'”
Last week (July 1), Urie pledged $1 million to support America’s LGBT youth, to help create Gender & Sexuality/Gay-Straight Alliance clubs in high schools across America in partnership with GLSEN (the Gay, Lesbian and Straight Education Network).
Speaking of the partnership, Urie said: “For years my fans have inspired me with their determination and creativity as they have created a safe and inclusive community.”
“I felt the time had come for me to join them boldly, to bring that energy and power to bear on the huge challenges facing our whole society.”
Urie also announced that he was launching his own human rights organization, Highest Hope, which aims to support “communities subject to discrimination or abuse on the basis of gender, race, religion, sexual orientation and gender identity.
Panic! At the Disco will be appearing at Leeds and Reading festival next month and you can buy tickets for the event now.