Panic! at the Disco’s Brendon Urie Comes Out as Pansexual: “I’m Definitely Attracted to Men”

"I guess this is me coming out as pansexual."

In an interview with Paper magazine, Panic! at the Disco singer and former Kinky Boots lead Brendon Urie talked openly about identifying as pansexual for the first time. The 31-year-old shared that “Girls, Girls, Boys,” a track off of Panic!’s 2013 album Too Weird to Live, Too Rare to Die!, was about his first threesome at age 15 or 16.

“That song was about my first threesome but [our fans] made it about coming out and accepting who you are as person which I thought, what a way better message,” he told the magazine. “Taking this thing that I wrote about and then changing it to be more inspiring for your own purposes, what a beautiful idea.”


He added that though he’s married to a woman, he is very much attracted to men, too:

I’m very much in love with [my wife] 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… It’s just people that I am attracted to.

Urie went on to say that he’s never been uncomfortable about his expressing his sexuality—even as a so-called “stage gay,” kissing fellow band members onstage. He did apologize, however, for playing into negative tropes about bisexuality and pansexuality: “I’ve said things without thinking about it—not trying to be offensive. I need to apologize for that. I’m of the, ’it’s not what people say it’s what they do and who they are’ [school of thought.]”

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In terms of what’s next in store for his career, Urie said that he wants to keep using his platform to inspire youth. He’s already staying true to his word: On June 29, Urie donated $1 million to GLSEN to help fund student-led GSAs at K-12 schools across the country.

“I like my music to be an escape from it all, but then I like to use my celebrity as a means to fight for causes I believe in,” he said. “I want to start foundations where I can start putting my time and efforts and energy and money into things that I believe in—whether it’s helping the youth or disenfranchised groups.”

Urie isn’t the only celeb to have recently addressed his queerness: In an April interview with Rolling Stone, singer-songwriter Janelle Monáe came out as queer. And following a queer-baiting controversy about her song “Girls,” British pop singer Rita Ora revealed she’s had relationships with both men and women.

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