Jason Mraz opened up about how divorce helped him accept his queerness.
Since his debut in the early 2000s, the 46-year-old has remained a staple within the music sphere due to his popular songs ‘I’m Yours’ and ‘The Remedy (I Won’t Go).’
In addition to his chart-topping music, Mraz has also made waves for being an open book about his sexuality.
In 2005, he told Genre magazine that he was open to dating a man and even recalled a somewhat romantic relationship he had with a close male friend.
Thirteen years later, Mraz wrote an open letter to Billboard celebrating Pride Month.
“I am bi your side./ All ways,” he wrote at the time, which resulted in fans questioning if he was coming out as bisexual.
Shortly after the letter made headlines, the ‘I Won’t Give Up’ singer released an additional statement to the news outlet revealing that he was two-spirited.
“I’ve had experiences with men, even while I was dating the woman who became my wife,” he said.
Since that fateful day, Mraz has continued to share his coming out experience with fans.
In a recent interview with GLAAD, the beloved talent reflected on how his recent divorce from Christina Carano helped him on his journey toward self-acceptance.
“I had to play out a lot of other scenarios before I arrived here. It’s both hard to do those and hard to unravel those, and what I’m basically describing is a divorce, you know? And that’s very hard,” he explained.
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“You carry a lot of shame, guilt. You want to heal as many relationships of the past as possible, and, at the same time, step into this new acceptance and new identity or whatever I’m claiming, and that’s also hard.”
Mraz’s recent interview isn’t the first time he has opened up about the difficulties of navigating his sexuality.
During an interview with The Advocate in August, the ‘You and I’ singer revealed that he felt a need to protect his identity due to his conservative upbringing.
“I will admit that I probably spent the first close to 20 years of my career just broadcasting as hetero,” he explained.
“You know, saying ‘girl’ in my songs, and a lot of that is growing up on a conservative street. And growing up around homophobia and feeling like I needed to protect some secret.”
Toward the end of his chat, Mraz said that songwriting helped him connect with his LGBTQ+ identity.
“I was having these curiosities and experiences on the side that were starting to influence who I am and the kind of fun I wanted to have in the world and the kind of person I wanted to be in the world, which is more honest and more loving and more inclusive,” he added.
Mraz is currently competing on ABC’s Dancing With The Stars.