Last Month, Bassett left the internet reeling after complimenting the British singer-songwriter Harry Styles for his “charming” personality.
In an interview with Clevver News, Bassett said: “I think he’s a nice guy, doesn’t say too much, but when he talks, it matters. He’s just cool.
“Who doesn’t think Harry Styles is cool? Also, he’s hot, you know? He’s very charming too.”
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The 20-year-old then joked: “This is also my coming out video, I guess.”
Bassett’s rabid online fanbase took his offhand comment as official confirmation that he identifies as LGBTQ+, and came out in droves on Twitter to welcome him to the community.
Bassett released a powerful statement on Twitter shortly after in which he assured his followers that it’s “okay to still be figuring out who you are” and that he chooses love over hate.
Joshua Bassett talks sexuality
In a new interview with GQ, the Lethal Weapon weapon star clarified his previous statement and the speculation around his sexuality.
“I stood behind every word that I said,” the star told GQ, referring to his Instagram post.
“Even if there are consequences, I would much rather deal with consequences and live my truth than live in fear.”
While the actor has opened up about his identity, he admitted he doesn’t enjoy the idea of people having to come out.
“I am anti–coming out in the sense that there’s no need to.” But, he adds, “people are welcome to have boxes if they want them,” he explained.
“There are plenty of letters in the alphabet… Why bother rushing to a conclusion? Sometimes your letter changes, sometimes you try a different one, other times you realize you’re not what you thought you were, or maybe you always knew. All of these can be true.
“I’m happy to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community because they embrace all. Don’t let anyone tell you love isn’t love. They’re the ones who probably need it the most.”
When asked about the seriousness of the Clevver video where he sang praises for Harry Styles and came out, Bassett said that he wasn’t joking at all.
“I stood behind every word that I said,” he added. “Even if there are consequences, I would much rather deal with consequences and live my truth than live in fear.”
Bassett currently stars as Ricky Bowen in High School Musical: The Series. The first season became a smash hit with viewers and critics, winning the GLAAD Media Award in 2020 for Outstanding Kids & Family Programming.
High School Musical: The Musical: The Series returns for season two this Friday (25 June, 2021) on Disney+.
Read the full interview at GQ.com.
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