Brendon Urie of Panic! At The Disco
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Brendon Urie has come out as pansexual in a new interview with Paper, the Panic! At The Disco frontman detailing a threesome experience that led to P!ATD’s “Girls/Girls/Boys” and in turn inspired some of his fans to embrace their bisexuality.

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Many are aware of Urie’s open attitude about sexuality, which he has previously discussed. Now, the musician says that, while he is married to a woman, he is also attracted to men. The P!ATD singer ignores any particular designations, and says he refuses to adhere to any “old masculinity tropes.”

“I’m married to a woman and I’m very much in love with her but I’m not opposed to a man because to me, I like a person. Yeah I guess you could qualify me as pansexual because I really don’t care. If a person is great, then a person is great. I just like good people, if your heart’s in the right place. I’m definitely attracted to men. It’s just people that I am attracted to.”

Urie highlights the meaning behind P!ATD fan favorite “Girls/Girls/Boys” as a turning point in his sexual awakening. The artist’s first threesome inspired the song, but he prefers listeners’ interpretation of the track as an acceptance anthem.

“I wrote this song ‘Girls/Girls/Boys’ about my first threesome when I was 15 or 16. That song was about my first threesome but they made it about coming out and accepting who you are as person which I thought, what a way better message. Taking this thing that I wrote about and then changing it to be more inspiring for your own purposes, what a beautiful idea.”

Asked if he had trouble coming to terms with his sexuality as a young man, Urie affirms his own peace of mind in the matter. In fact, the singer describes making people uncomfortable by acting “stage gay” when he was young.

“It was never weird for me. I know that it made a few people uncomfortable, when somebody gets uncomfortable about me doing what I used to call ‘stage gay.’ It kind of presses me to want to do it more.”

Explaining the term “stage gay” (or “barsexual”), Urie describes a scene from an early P!ATD tour. “I would go up to Ryan, our guitar player, and like kiss him on the neck or kiss him on the mouth and he would be so mad,” he says. “I would hang out with friends and after five or six beers we’re just kind of like smooching on each other.”

Urie also talks about his first gay bar experience, recalling another tour story with former P!ATD member Ryan Ross.

“Actually my first bar was a gay bar, I got in underage technically. Ryan was 18 and I was 17 I think. We played a show somewhere in Texas. These two girls invited us out and she knew the bouncer so we just got in. I remember just being hit on all night and it was awesome. I was getting drinks all night. These guys would just come up and I was like, ‘I’m flattered but I’m not interested but thank you.’ They were like, ‘We’ll get you interested sweetheart.’ I was just like, This is dope.”

In 2013, the Panic! At The Disco frontman told NPR that “it’s not something anyone should have to hide” in regard to one’s personal sexual preferences. “That’s something I feel comfortable talking about,” he said at the time.

To Paper, Urie pragmatically states, “I guess this is me coming out as pansexual.” The musician goes on to discuss many more topics, including the #MeToo movement, the pressures of fame, and the influence of politics in music.

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