After Coming Out in Interview, Singer Joshua Bassett Confirms He's Queer

Sunday June 27, 2021
Originally published on June 24, 2021

Actor Joshua Bassett
Actor Joshua Bassett  (Source:Instagram / @joshuatbassett)

Actor-singer Joshua Bassett has confirmed he's queer after seemingly coming out in a previous interview last month.

Speaking with GQ, the "High School: The Musical: The Series" star said he "wasn't joking" when, in a May interview with Clevver News, he commented that Harry Styles is "hot," adding that he is "very charming, too. Lots of things. I guess this is also my coming out video, I guess."

The day after the interview, Bassett took to social media to open up about his sexuality: "My entire life people have told me my sexuality. People have shamed me for things they know nothing about."

"I stood behind every word that I said," he told GQ of his post. "Even if there are consequences, I would much rather deal with consequences and live my truth than live in fear."

When asked if he thinks young people still need to come out, Bassett said he is "anti—coming out in the sense that there's no need to."

"There are plenty of letters in the alphabet... Why bother rushing to a conclusion?" he added. "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."

Elsewhere in the interview, Bassett also discussed his "HTM:TS" co-star, Olivia Rodrigo, who is having quite the successful year with her music. Her chart-dominating breakup anthem "Drivers License" has become one of the most-streamed songs of the year and it's been rumored that it's about Bassett, who recently released the song "Lies Lies Lies," which fans speculated was a response to Rodrigo's song.

Click here to read the full GQ interview.