YouTube Star Greyson Chance Comes Out as Gay

Greyson Chance, the 19-year-old YouTube star who was made famous by Ellen DeGeneres, has come out as gay.

Greyson’s performance of Lady Gaga’s ‘Paparazzi’ at a sixth-grade talent show has had almost 60 million on YouTube views since 2010.

When the ‘Paparazzi’ performance went viral, Ellen invited him to her show and subsequently signed him to her label, eleveneleven.

Ellen was also quick to congratulate him when he just came out. “.@greysonchance, I was proud of you when we met 7 years ago and I’m proud of you now,” she wrote on Twitter after Grayson posted his coming out statement on Instagram.

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“The decision to write this came after I received a message from a brave individual. Such message inspired me to shed light on an aspect of my private life which I have kept distant from my career in music,” Grayson writes in his Instagram post.

“I came to fully recognize that I was gay when I was sixteen. I decided not to publicize my sexuality largely due to a matter of privacy, as I was still trying to find comfort and confidence within my own skin.”

The decision to write this came after I received a message from a brave individual. Such message inspired me to shed light on an aspect of my private life which I have kept distant from my career in music. I came to fully recognize that I was gay when I was sixteen. I decided not to publicize my sexuality largely due to a matter of privacy, as I was still trying to find comfort and confidence within my own skin. Further, I always found conversations regarding music, politics, art, books – and the greatness of Nas’ catalog – to be far more interesting than what type of guy I was into. This is still true today. While this message is most definitely overdue, I encourage anyone who is navigating their sexuality to devote as much time as they need to the process of finding self-confidence, self-acceptance, and self-love. Hell, for me, it took years to write this message. Nevertheless, I figured now was the time to let a few more friends know that I am happy, I am here for you, and I am proud of who I am. Cheers -G

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Here’s Grayson performing ‘Paparazzi’:

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