The “Can We Talk” singer famous in the 90s just came out. Welcome on the other side,, in the gay paradise Tevin! His most famous song below if you don’t know who this is:
Last year, Tevin Campbell quote-tweeted a post that said, “My mom keeps telling me Luther Vandross, Teddy Pendergrass, and Tevin Campbell were gay,” adding the phrase “Tevin is” along with a rainbow flag and a sunglasses emoji, but then the sexy chocolate man deleted the tweet.
Now the R&B star is ready to talk about it all on his terms. Just like many other male entertainers, Campbell’s sexuality had been a topic of discussion in the past, leading him to previously deny being gay, reportedly telling the former publication Sister 2 Sister, “I’m not gay, but there’s a lot of different things that I do like sexually,” and “Being in the business, you are introduced to a lot of different things. I’m not gay, but I’m a freak, and I think a lot of people know what a freak is.”
Now Campbell has officially come out on the People Every Day podcast.
Campbell broke out on the scene when he was 12 years old, forging a successful music career thanks to mentors like Benny Medina Quincy Jones. Entering his late teens and 20’s, he said in an interview with “People Every Day podcast,” “I knew my sexuality, but I didn’t think of the representation that I didn’t see in the business. I didn’t think about those things.”
Over the years there have been rumors and speculation about his sexuality. However, Campbell said it never affected him during the height of his fame because he was “very much protected. There was no social media back then.” adding that during that time, “You just couldn’t be (gay) back then.”
Campbell partially attributes his newfound readiness to come out to his time starring as Seaweed Stubbs in Hairspray on Broadway and in Australia. “That was a change in my life. That was a great time in my life. I grew up a lot,” said Campbell on the podcast. “LGBTQ+ people that were living normal lives, that had partners, I had never seen that. That was pleasing to me. And they were great people! When you get to a point in your life where you love yourself so much and you don’t give a damn what people think or say about you, that feels so good.”
With more queer Black artists like Frank Ocean and Lil Nas X visible, Campbell said he hated that it wasn’t like that in the ‘90s. However, he admitted that he “wouldn’t have been prepared” when he was a kid “to be a spokesperson of the LGBTQ+ community.” “But I’m glad that it’s changing because there are a lot of kids, especially young Black boys, that need to see representation.”
“Every person in the world isn’t straight,” he correctly pointed out. “Get over it!”. And you’re freaking right Tevin!