Jason Mraz said that one of the working titles for his latest album, which was released on 10 August, was L-G-Me-T.
During Pride Month, a number of prominent musicians and personalities, including Jason Mraz, wrote a love letter to the LGBTQ community for Billboard.
Jason contributed a short poem, which led to fans speculating that he had officially come out. The lines in question were:
We still have a long way to go
I am bi your side.
It’s very clear from the use of “bi” instead of “by” that Jason is hinting at his coming out, but his followers also pointed out that “all ways” instead of “always” was a second way of saying he goes all ways sexually.
However, Jason maintains that he’s always been open about his sexuality, telling Genre magazine in 2005: “I had a gay friend I was hanging out with just about everyday. We were basically best friends. It took me about three months before I realized, ‘Oh my god, we’re dating.’
“Right before I moved to California he gave me a pretty strong willed kiss goodbye, which I have never experienced before. Unfortunately, he had a little bit more facial hair than I like.”
He added: “I have a bisexually open mind, but I have never been in a sexual relationship with a man. If the right one came along, then sure.”
Even earlier this year during an interview with Pride Source he addressed his sexual fluidity.
“Yeah, I’m keeping more of my options open these days,” he told them. “The older I get, the more fearless I become. That’s not to say I’m absolutely fearless. (Long pause) Man, I should be really careful with my words, especially with this question.”
And in a new interview with WBUR, a Boston radio station, Jason spoke about why he wrote the poem, saying: “Well, I was making an example of my own sexual preferences, which at times have been on either the female gender or the male gender, so bisexuality, if you will.
“And as I was writing this letter, that Billboard asked me to write, I realised I couldn’t write it to a community that stood over there. I was with that community, so it felt almost like a lie to say, ‘I’m with you.’
“It felt more comforting and more authentic of me to say, ‘Yeah, this is who I am. I’ve been able to stand on both sides.'”
He added: “Being the ‘B’ in LGBT is sort of the one that’s least, I don’t know — it has the least potency, if you will.
“Honestly, most of my life, I assumed that everyone must be ‘B’ until they land their identity, but for me, I do feel comfortable in my ‘B.’ And in fact, one of my working titles for this new album, which is called, Know, K-N-O-W, was L-G-Me-T and where I put me as the letter B.”
Speaking about why he refrained from titling his album that, Jason said: “I didn’t want to make that the only conversation about this record, and by the end of the process, the album became 10 love letters to my wife, which is great, but it just didn’t match, that title didn’t really match the final curation of the record.
“Plus, my last album was called, Yes! and I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to have an album called, Know.”