Wayne Brady has come out as pansexual in a new interview.
The 51-year-old multi-talented singer, actor, and “Let’s Make A Deal” host has been on a journey of self-discovery.
With the support of his ex-wife, Mandie Taketa, and his 20-year-old daughter, Maile Brady, Wayne feels comfortable in letting the world know he is pansexual.
I am pansexual…
Bisexual – with an open mind!
Pansexuality is sexual, romantic, or emotional attraction towards people of all genders, or regardless of their sex or gender identity.
Wayne Brady opened up to People magazine saying:
In doing my research, both with myself and just with the world, I couldn’t say if I was bisexual, because I had to really see what that was, especially because I really have not gotten a chance to act on anything.
So, I came to pansexual because — and I know that I’m completely messing up the dictionary meaning — but to me, pan means being able to be attracted to anyone who identifies as gay, straight, bi, transsexual or non-binary.
Being able to be attracted across the board.
And, I think, at least for me for right now, that is the proper place.
I took pan to mean that not only can I be attracted to any of these people or types physically, but I could be attracted to the person that is there.
Wayne shared that it was Robin Williams’ untimely passing in 2014 that sent him on a journey of self-discovery.
He went on to say that while he has been attracted to men, he has never dated a man.
Let’s be really honest: I’ve also been attracted to certain men in my life, but I’ve always pushed that aside because of how I was raised, and because I live in today’s world, and it’s scary as s–t.
What’s the fastest way to hurt another man? I’m gonna call you out of your name.
I’m gonna call you gay. I’m gonna emasculate you. I’m gonna use the F-word.
I learned that very early from the people around me, they’re like, “Oh, so those are bad things? Yeah. You, you don’t wanna be that.”
So, what does it mean if I feel something? I don’t think I’m gay, but what if I feel something for another [man]…
That’s still gay. I was already bullied about a bunch of other s–t. I didn’t wanna add a top hat on top of that suit.
Life is short and you only get one go at this thing.
I’m happy Wayne Brady is now living in his truth and not the shadows of his secrets.
Read his full interview at People.