Josh Groban is getting ready to release Stages, a collection of songs from beloved Broadway musicals, so it makes sense he would sit down to chat with the gay press. But a new interview with PrideSource reveals some surprising dish about the Grammy-nominated singer—like the fact that he’s got a significant following in the bear community.
When I first got signed at 19, 20 years old, I was at some kind of shop, and I was walking around with someone… and this guy comes up to me and goes, “Hey, I just want you to know, the bears love you.” I’m like, “Excuse me? What?” And I didn’t know what that meant! I’m like, “Are you a baseball team?” How did you figure out what type of bears he was referring to? I think some Googling had to take place. And it was like, “Oh. Ohhhh!” (Laughs) And you’re like, “Not the bears in the forest.” Yeah, and not the Chicago Bears.
Groban also admitted he was jealous of his girlfriend, 2 Broke Girls actress Kat Dennings, who got to be a guest judge on RuPaul’s Drag Race.
[Kat] got me into that show! I mean, RuPaul’s incredible. The influence she’s had on everybody is just amazing, and then you see the competition. The episode that Kat did—I took Shakespeare classes, like I was in very heavy Shakespeare instruction when I was young and in theater school—so watching them put on Shakespeare was one of the funniest things I’ve ever seen in my life.
…I would be happy to be a judge on it, but I think I would be so impressed with the fashion that I don’t think I would know how to critique it.
I’d be like, “Wow! I could not walk in those heels; congratulations to you! That is amazing! Well done! Ginger Minj – I salute you!”
And while he’s secure in his sexuality, Groban does admit appearing alongside universal temptation Ryan Gosling in Crazy, Stupid, Love put his orientation to the test. “Listen, if I was gonna be gay, that would’ve been the moment,” he joked. “That was probably my greatest test, and I failed.”
Stages hits stores on April 20.