José Fernández's tragic passing has affected so many people.
The late sports star's longtime love reflected on their time together, writing:
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Last year, the 23-year-old got a lot of heat when he downplayed his role as a gay artist:
"I'm not trying to be a spokesperson … I'm really just trying to live my life and write music about it."
Well now, the Stay With Me singer is clarifying his controversial comments in the new issue of NME.
Here's what the soulful singer really meant:
"I'm a gay man who came out when I was 10 years old, and there's nothing in my life that I'm prouder of. What I was trying to say was that I didn't want the album to appeal to just one community, I wanted it to appeal to all of them. I wanted anyone, gay or straight, to be able to relate to me singing about men, like I was able to relate to Stevie Wonder or John Legend singing about girls."
In fact, the musician understands that his stardom comes with much responsibility:
"I want to be a spokesperson. I want to be a figure in the gay community, who speaks for gay men. I sell records in countries where gay men get killed and that's a big thing for me, because maybe one person in that country will pick up my album, realize it's by a gay artist, and it might change their opinion."
Preach! Every person can make a difference when it comes to spreading acceptance — and it doesn't hurt if you have millions of fans!
You go, Sammy!
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