Tevin Campbell Shares Journey To ‘Discovering’ Himself As A Gay Man

Almost 30 years after “Can We Talk” catapulted him to music stardom, Tevin Campbell is opening up about his sexuality for the primary time.

Campbell, on the “People Every Day” podcast this week, confirmed that he’s homosexual. The five-time Grammy nominee stated he by no means meant to maintain his true self a secret from followers. Referring to his early Nineteen Nineties heyday, he nonetheless acknowledged, “You just couldn’t be [gay] back then.”

“I didn’t hide anything about me. I didn’t try to act a certain way or anything,” the pop and R&B singer, 45, stated. “What makes me happiest right now is how far I’ve come in life. You know, there are a lot of child stars that don’t make it. But a lot of us do … and the fact that I’ve embraced me.”

He added: “When I came out to my family and friends [at] about 19 or 20, that was it for me. And then I went on the road of discovering myself. I didn’t know who I was.”

Media hypothesis about Campbell’s personal life could be traced again to 1999, when he was arrested for “soliciting a lewd act” from an undercover police officer and later pleaded no contest.

Tevin Campbell in 1992.

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In a 2003 interview with the now-defunct publication Sister 2 Sister, he reportedly described himself as a “Try-Sexual,” noting: “I’m not gay but I’m a freak and I think a lot of people know what a freak is. Basically, I’m trying a lot of things. Being open-minded. It has nothing to do with attraction.”

In March of this yr, he appeared to trace at his sexuality whereas responding to a fan in a since-deleted tweet that was captured by Out journal and different information retailers.

“Tevin is,” he stated, whereas quote-tweeting a fan who wrote: “My mom keeps telling me Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass, and Tevin Campbell were gay.” The tweet included a rainbow flag emoji.

Elsewhere in his “People Every Day” chat , Campbell touched on different Black queer stars like Lil Nas X and Frank Ocean, whose careers haven’t seemed to be impacted negatively after they got here out as LGBTQ.

“It wasn’t like that in the ’90s, but I’m glad I get to see it,” he defined. “I’m glad that’s changing. There are a lot of kids, especially young Black boys that need to see representation.”

"I didn’t hide anything about me," Campbell said of learning to embrace his truth as a gay man. "I didn’t try to act a certain way or anything."
“I didn’t hide anything about me,” Campbell stated of studying to embrace his reality as a homosexual man. “I didn’t try to act a certain way or anything.”

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A Quincy Jones’ protégé, Campbell launched his debut album “T.E.V.I.N.” in 1991. His second album, “I’m Ready,” was launched two years later. It yielded the No. 1 smash “Can We Talk,” together with the title monitor and two hit singles, “Always in My Heart” and “Don’t Say Goodbye Girl.”

From the sounds of it, Campbell is aiming for one more inventive triumph, telling Individuals he plans on returning the studio this yr to document new music. Curiously, he credit his 2005 run in Broadway’s “Hairspray” ― the place he was one in every of actor Corey Reynolds’ replacements within the position of Seaweed J. Stubbs ― with serving to him to embrace his queer reality.

“Being around people who were like me, LGBTQ+ people that were living normal lives and had partners,” he stated. “I had never seen that,”