Pop singer Aaron Carter was one song into his nostalgic set at the LGBTQ nightclub Hamburger Mary’s when he made a bold statement.
“Yes, I am a bisexual man,” he told the crowd.
The early Aug. performance marked Carter’s first since coming out to his followers on social media.
It was an emotional night according to the Tampa Bay Times. At one point, Carter started tearing up.
"I just want to say thank you for believing in me again," he told the crowd. The newspaper reported that his voice was quaking and his eyes were filling with tears. But the audience’s support got him through the rest of his performance, which included a mix of old hits like “I Want Candy” and newer songs.
Carter may be one of the more recent musicians to come out as bisexual, but he’s definitely not the first. Davie Bowie was already doing interviews about being bisexual in the 70s. And by pursuing a string of lovers throughout the 60s, some laud Lou Reed as one of the first out bisexual musicians.
But bisexual musicians aren’t a thing of old-school glam rock. Here’s a look at six out, bisexual musicians that you can hear on the radio at any given moment:
When “New Americana” artist Halsey penned a bisexual love song, her label asked if she wanted Katy Perry to collaborate on it. That was a hard no.
“I was like: ‘I’m not putting an artist on this song unless they’re f***ing gay,’” she told Vulture in an interview. The singer’s latest full-length album, “Hopeless Fountain Kingdom,” already has two songs that are being praised as “bisexual anthems.”
Hasley recorded the love song, “Strangers” with Fifth Harmony singer Lauren Jaurequi — who came out as bisexual last year in an open letter to Donald Trump.
“It’s a whole space that no one’s ever really touched upon before,” Jaurequi told Elle Magazine about the song. “I feel like representation in music is so important.”
“Strangers” is the first song Halsey has written with lyrics addressing female pronouns. The album — which was released June — also features “Bad At Love,” a song about failed love that switches between male and female pronouns when addressing the love interest.
2. Billie Joe Armstrong - Green Day
In 1994, punk rockers Green Day brought its third studio album, “Dookie,” into the world. The record was a game-changer for the three-piece, with hits like “Basket Case,” “Welcome to Paradise” and “She.” A year later, frontman Billie Joe Armstrong sat down with LGBT magazine, The Advocate.
“I think I’ve always been bisexual,” he told the magazine. “I think people are born bisexual and it’s just that our parents and society kind of veer us off into this feeling of ‘oh, I can’t.’ They say it’s taboo. It’s ingrained in our heads that it’s bad when it’s not bad at all. It’s a very beautiful thing.”
Since then, the band put out nine additional studio albums, including its latest, “Revolution Radio,” which came out last Oct. Green Day also continues to tour — they hit West Palm’s Coral Sky Amphitheatre on Sept. 3.
A pop artist known for all things grunge and glitter, Kesha — formerly known as Ke$ha — has been in the music scene since her first single “Tik Tok” took over the airwaves in 2009.
Within a year, she was interviewing with Out Magazine. “I wouldn’t say I’m gay or straight,” the singer said. “I don’t like labeling things anyway. I just like people.” And a few years after that, she opened up about her sexuality again to The Huffington Post. “I don’t just love men,” she said. “I love people. It’s not about gender. It’s just about the spirit that exudes from that other person you’re with.”
Now, after four years without new music and a long legal battle against her former producer, the pop artist has released “Praying,” a song about new beginnings. She also announced that her third studio album, which will be called “Rainbow,” isn’t far behind.
4. Lady Gaga
There’s almost nothing more pure than watching Lady Gaga, the mother monster herself, discussing the song lyric “bluffin’ with my muffin” from her single “Poker Face” with Barbara Walters.
But that’s what happened in a 2010 interview when the world was just starting to get to know Gaga. “I do like women,” the now six-time Grammy winner told Walters. “That’s what the song was about … I was fantasizing about women.”
Since that early interview, Gaga’s represented the LGBTQ community through her advocacy work — like speaking at the National Equality March — and through her music. Her 2011 single “Born This Way” continues to be an anthem for the community.
The “Fergalicious” singer and former Black Eyed Peas singer said she’s never kept her bisexuality a secret. In 2009, she spelled it through an interview with The Advocate. “The funny thing is that I was very open and honest about that from the beginning,” the artist said. “Go back four or five years, people, and you’ll see the same answer.”
She later received an Always Next, Never Now award for her work with the LGBT community from LOGO TV. With and without the Peas, Fergie’s had plenty of singles, including “Glamorous,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and more recently, “M.I.L.F. $.” Her new studio album, “Double Dutchess” is scheduled to drop this month.
Before songs like “Chandelier” and “Cheap Thrills” made Sia a household pop name, she was making indie pop records and dating both men and women. She was relatively private about it — until an interview with Attitude Magazine revealed that she was having relationship issues with a woman.
"I’ve been talking to my love interest about what I am,” Sia told After Ellen about the interview. “And she’s like, ‘Are you going to come out?’ And I said, ‘I guess I already did.’”
Later in 2013, Sia told her own story. “I’m queer,” she tweeted. “I don’t really identify as lesbian because I’ve dated predominantly men. But I’ve certainly dated women.” A year later, she was performing at the LGBT Gala. The artist plans to release a Christmas album according to Billboard.
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