Jason Mraz Has Officially Come Out as Bisexual, Though He Says He Feels ‘Two-Spirit’
Yesterday saw Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Jason Mraz come out as bisexual during an interview with Billboard magazine, finally shedding light on a reference to bisexuality he made in a short Pride Month poem last month. In this Jason Mraz bisexual coming out interview, Mraz also adds that his wife compared his bisexuality to Native American Two-Spirit identity, something Mraz says he likes very much.
The aforementioned poem appeared as part of a Billboard Pride Month series asking “pop culture luminaries to write ‘love letters’ to the LGBTQ community.” Mraz’s poem read:
Love Poem to the LGBTQ Community
You have inspired me.
You showed me what strength is.
You demonstrated courage over and over again.
You risked so much for love.
You never compromised your expression
Your rights and freedoms were being compromised.
You stood up for me.
You stood up for the world.
And now the world is better because of you.
We still have a long way to go
I am bi your side.
Numerous LGBTQ fans buzzed about those last three lines, wondering if Mraz had just come out as bisexual himself.
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“Honestly, I didn’t realize it was going to be so telling,” Mraz tells Billboard. “But I’ve had experiences with men, even while I was dating the woman who became my wife. It was like, ‘Wow, does that mean I am gay?’”
He continues, “And my wife laid it out for me. She calls it ‘Two-Spirit,’ which is what the Native Americans call someone who can love both man and woman. I really like that.”
In actuality, “Two-Spirit” is a Native American term referring to tribal religious leaders and teachers believed to have the spirit of a man and the spirit of a woman within them — the term is really neither a synonym for bisexual nor transgender. In yesterday’s Jason Mraz bisexual interview, it remained unclear whether Mraz or his wife identify as Native American.
Though he has released five albums thus far, Mraz’s debut album, Waiting for My Rocket to Come, dropped in 2002. His most popular song, “I’m Yours,” helped him gain international success in 2008. He won two Grammys for the songs “Make It Mine” and “Lucky” in 2009 and has toured around the world, performed at President Barack Obama’s lighting of the national Christmas tree at the White House in 2012 and played Dr. Pomatter for 10 weeks in the Broadway debut in the musical Waitress.
On Oct. 25, 2015, Jason Mraz announced his marriage to wife Christina Carano. He has also participated in global activism for protecting the environment protection, ending child slavery and promoting LGBTQ rights.