ne-yo is gay!



UPDATE the story below is not confirmed – this could be part of the internet fueled rumors (which i helped to fan the flames) i’m sure we will hear more about this but for now no one seems to be sure what’s up…either way we love ne-yo!





hey kids! so it looks like more people are coming out of the closet…hot on the heels of lance bass – singer/songwriter ne-yo has finally confirmed rumors that he is indeed gay! apparently rumors have been floating around the net for months – the full interview with mr. ne-yo will be in the upcoming october issue of essence magazine where he states yes, i am in fact gay, and i have always been



i’m glad that he is comfortable enough with himself to tell it like it is…and gosh he is cute! it will be very interesting to see how this affects his status within the r&b community – many thanks to anh-nguyen.com for the heads up on this breaking story! popbytes over & out for now – xxoo!




The newly famed singer/songwriter has come out of the closet and announced that he is gay. The multi-platinum recording artist sat down for the October issue of Essence Magazine last week and announced the shocking news stating, “Yes, I am in fact gay, and I have always been.” After several internet rumors have been circulating around the internet. He also said, “You know this world we live in is full of judgement, resulting in one of the reasons why it took me so long to come out.” Earlier this month, a man by the name of Derrick Johnson claimed that he had an intimate relationship with the singer during there teen years in high school. He also said that for months the singer and Def Jam has been trying to pay him to keep quiet over the ordeal. Ne-yo responds saying, that the relationship did occur and he is no longer ashamed of saying that he was deeply in love. Reciting “That situation was what inspired me to write the song “Unfaithful”. But no one knew it was actually about myself, and our relationship.” He told Essence that he doesn’t care anymore, he was tired of living a lie and is ready to come clean. Quoting, “the music industry can either except me for who I am, or desert me.” The full interview with the magazine is expected to hit stands mid-October.



Barbra Stradoff, Essence Magazine

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  • Denise

    I don’t care if he’s gay…he’s a talented guy. That’s what it’s about.

  • Sarah

    What?I am so shocked!!!!!Not that he is gay but that he confirmed it!!
    I am also happy for him,but i wonder how will this work since his song and video had a pretty staright line-story of him and a girl frockling around on a bead?In wich direction will his next videos go,because he cant use the heterosexual storys anymore!This is going to be very interesting and i am so glad he came out hope more artist decide to do that!!!

  • http://breathoffreshink.com Chris Evans

    Wow…
    I am seriously in a state of complete and utter shock. I think I may have heard something about the rumors a few weeks ago on a message board, but I had completely forgot about them (probably because I assumed they were lies).
    This really is a landmark for gays in the media. NEVER has a mainstream rapper (more importantly a black one) come out of the closet.
    It’ll be interesting to see how the Hip-Hop community treats him now.

  • Anonymous

    I don’t care if he’s gay or straight.
    His music is still WACK.
    But so is 99% of all commercial radio hip-hop.

  • brianna

    WOW!! i dont care tho! he’s not supper hot!

  • RoeLuv

    Ne-Yo isn’t a rapper

  • alana

    hes gay wow on concreteloop.com theres 3 pics of him getting head from one of his backup dancers so after hearing this that chick better go to the clinic because the brother was probably on the downlow and doing things with men

  • Penny Woods

    He’s a singer, not a rapper.

  • http://breathoffreshink.com Chris Evans

    Sorry, I meant singer not rapper. Because he’s R&B, rapper slipped out.

  • http://chumpthreads.livejournal.com Adam

    Well, if Ne-Yo is gay he’s certainly not out. This story is a complete and utter fabrication. Not only is there absolutely no mention of it anywhere on Essence’s website or any other major website for that matter, (remember when Lance came out it was everywhere … and Ne-Yo is hotter than Lance now), but the actual article is SO poorly written it can’t possibly be real. Nobody who believes this story bothers to read just one sentence of it, which should tip you off right away:The newly famed singer/songwriter has come out of the closet and announced that he is gay.
    Also there are numerous punctuation and grammatical errors.
    Also this was debunked yesterday on Oh No.
    Also on the Oh No ‘article’ they said it was the August Essence. Whoops. Looks like somebody is trying to keep the dream alive.
    If he is gay and decides to announce it then that’s great, more power to him as an out singer/songwriter. But there’s no need to fabricate rumors where our noses shouldn’t be. I like speculating about possibly closeted celebrities as much as the next pop-culture fan, but I draw the line at making stuff up.

  • http://www.myspace.com/malmborg Juhani M

    Its good of him coming out. Im pissed off that WE (yea i am) have to hide our true identity cause people wont buy the music if we are… If this is in fact true, i will fully support him and i hope other people will too… The judgement has to stop here… Def Jam (altho some artists i love from there) can go shit them self they put judgement over him and kick him out the lable!!! Homophobia has to stop, this is 2006… GET OVER URSELF!!!

  • Ken

    totally shocking!!! He doesn’t even look it.

  • ish

    ne-yo is jus a freak because there’s a email circulating where it shows him getting head from one of his background dancers, and now all of a sudden he gay too! this boy is jus wylin out he a freak straight up, he doing his thing i guess, it’s on

  • Toya

    I just saw Ne-Yo at the summer jamz concert and rather he is gay or not the boy is a true performer. I really hope that it is not true becasue he has so much talent and this could really hurt his career. All I know is Ne-Yo you have a true fan in Baltimore Maryland and its time the rest of these down-low brothers and sistas of the industry todo the same.

  • Adrienne

    I don’t really think this is true ’cause I know people who know him and they all say that he’s 100 percent hetero. If anything, he loves the women a little bit too much. He’s not willing to settle down, he wants more than one woman at a time.

  • andre

    no matter what the case is you are still my guy
    Andre

  • Tiffani

    Damn.. where 2 begin I personally dont belive it …. I jus saw this man perfrom last nite at the up close and personal concert and damn he wuz lookin hella fine… I hope this is a rumor cuz Id go crazy if its the truth but if it were to b tru my ass would still support him jus like when i ran out and copped his cd the 1st day it came out…

  • Twanna

    I’m not one to comment or even follow rumors, honestly I can care less however, my concern is the epidemic in this world regarding gay and lesbianism. First and foremost this is a spirit we need to pray for this man and others in this state. Be Blessed and remember only God can judge so be careful!!!

  • http://www.myspace.com/princessofthesoufside DEJON MICHELLE

    I DNT CARE IF NE YO IS GAY. THAT IS STILL MY MAN AND I STILL LIKE HIM. I LIKE HIM EVEN MORE BECAUSE HE CAME OUT WITH IT. HE IS STILL THE SAME MAN IN MY EYES.

  • http://www.myspace.com/tameko123 Nina

    I CAN’T BELIEVE IT, I HAD A HUGE CRUSH ON NE-YO. I WAS DEEPLY IN LOVE WITH HIM AND HIS SONGS, I WASN’T A STALKER TYPE, BUT HIS MUSIC WAS JUST SOOO BEAUTIFUL TO ME, I’LL GET OVER IT SOMEDAY AND I’M STILL HOPING TO GET TICKETS TO HIS CONCERT, BUT IF YOU EVER LIKE GIRLS NE-YO, I’M HERE.

  • Patrice

    This is a lie. I just read elsewhere this was all made up.

  • MizNunn

    Hmmmm, okay I am not shocked by this AT ALL he LOOKS GAY just on the DL so….. and for all of yall that are shocked, a few years back before he came out (singing) he was on Show time at the Apollo with former Amercan Idol Contestant Corey, and his hair was RED and slicked down like a girl and basically gave the two snaps before saying what his name was ( which he went by Go-GO) then puckered his lips, so when I saw that clip I knew something just did not sit well, and now this, so it’s not surprising at all!

  • Jenny

    totally shocking!!! He doesn’t even look it.
    » this comment was posted by Ken on August 28, 2006 4:57 AM
    What exactly does a gay man look like?

  • Brittany

    I dont really care, I still luv his music. I luv his cd and he’s extremely talented

  • birdie

    aHAHahahAHHAH
    WHO WAS SHOCKED LIKE ME???!?!?
    oh well its his life…
    funny tho ahha

  • Amayzing

    Who cares whos gay nowadays, that doesnt make a person who they are.

  • Leila

    okay well once i heard this on tha radio i just dropped my jaw…..holy shit…but i dont get it cuz in al his music videos he has girl s and all his songs talk about girls breakin his heart and w/e….maybe its tha opposite but yeah w/e because ne-yo is the best singer and makes great songs so its up 2 him

  • Cameron

    He is not gay yall just need something to talk about i do not believe that he’s gay that is wrong if he is i like his songs

  • http://www.myspace.com/juicy704 somara

    this is bullshit get a life

  • Cassandra

    First of all Ne-Yo is not gay that is jus a rumor they said it on the radio today that is is just a lie he’s not even in the essence magazine for October! So whoeva posted this is lyin and they need to stop lyin on him!

  • Anonymous

    I would just like to say that if it is or isn’t true, should that REALLY matter … yes, I know that in the world we live in – particularly, this country – image is everything to the music industry. Earlier, someone mentioned something about Lance coming out and people being shocked … no offense to cultures, but sometimes, one can tell if a person swings that way or not through body language, speech, or whatever … notice, I said SOMETIMES … and how many of the people who that were shocked were black or white … it seems that, unfortunately, society has their standards of what is “gay” and what is not … based on years of examples, many people have a sense for who may be gay or not … it’s kinda like the whole Clay Aiken ordeal with him being called out, and “everyone” being shocked …….. among my friends, we all knew he was gay – no one had to tell us that!! It seemed to me that it was apparent that people see what they want to see … they wanted to believe that Clay was not gay – to believe that Lance was not either … my question is, what difference does it make in a time such as this. You either like the person’s musical style, or you don’t!! I personally don’t like Ne-yo to that degree, but just noticed that this is becoming a trend, and the way it’s published has been different everytime – at least within these three stories … people were apalled with Clay’s coming out, accepting of Lance’s, and now Ne-yo … if he is, maybe it will be an even split ……
    BUT WHO CARES!?!?!?!?!?!?!?
    LET THE MAN PUT OUT HIS MUSIC!!!!!

  • whattchulookinat

    First off I’d like to state that if Ne-Yo is in fact gay, then I don’t care, fine, he’s gay, whatever. I don’t care whether or not HE is gay or straight either. Why anyone does or feels that they should is beyond my comprehension. What I DO care about is an upsetting comment on this website about the whole topic, which I will now address…
    ok Ms.Twanna or whoever you are, all on about the “gay epidemic”…I’m sick of my people making nice to anti-gay people which would apparently include you, trying to ensure that you’re comfortable where you are in your hate-filled prejudiced little stance, and ALL because the Bible got MISTRANSLATED from its original form by bigots like yourself, in the past. Now I wanna erase this hatred of the LGBT community, and giving hate right back isn’t the best thing, I KNOW, but dammit I’m SICK AND TIRED of waiting. Yours and other people’s attitudes like yours are just UNACCEPTABLE, and not I nor anybody else cares how uncomfortable that may make you feel. I mean jeez, if we had catered to a majority uncomfortable with a minority group and why it was so, we’d have the same Jim Crow laws around today and you prolly wouldn’t even have computer access to spout your perveted idea of “Christian good will” in the first place, Ms. Twanna. ENOUGH IS ENOUGH; there is too much pain and suffering caused by other unfortunate conditions in the world, but HOMOSEXUALITY, OR ANY NON-HETEROSEXUAL STATE OF BEING FOR THAT MATTER, IS NOT ONE OF THEM, so you and everyone else who thinks like you needs to just STOP WITH THE PREJUDICE NOW!!! I don’t care if you’re not the kind who say they just think it and don’t go literally throwing stones, but just by thinking it you’re STILL committing an act of prejudice as far as I’m concerned. I know this must sound like I’m attacking you out of nowhere, but everytime we try to share our opinion or offer fair and equal debate, the majority of people with little Ms. Twanna’s attitude don’t give us any credit and automatically reject what we say, no matter what we show them; for all I know we could show them that two plus two equals four and they’d stick their nose up at THAT if they thought math was “against God’s will”. Well anyways, the bottom line is this-there are more like me and we’re going to let it be known to all that WE WILL NOT TAKE THIS INJUSTICE ANYMORE, AT ALL, PERIOD.

  • EAS

    From Eurweb.com: (This basically sums everything up)
    “*R&B singer Ne-Yo has had an interesting couple of weeks on the World Wide Web. First a picture of him and a young woman in the midst of a sex act surfaces, courtesy of his hacked-into Sidekickas the story goes.
    A rumor being e-mailed around this week, and attributed to Barbra Stradoff, Essence Magazine is that Ne-Yo is gay and finally coming out of the closet in the pages of the publications October issue. But according to the magazine, the rumor is 100 percent false.
    This story is not true. Ne-Yo isn’t even in our October issue, and there’s no one here by the name of Barbara Stradoff, a rep for Essence told EUR.”
    To the fans, I love y’all, and to the haters, keep hating.
    Your boy Ne-Yo tha Kidd

  • http://www.cockbrothersteam.com CBT (Cock Brothers Team)

    “His music is still WACK.
    But so is 99% of all commercial radio hip-hop.”
    “He’s a singer, not a rapper.”
    one got nothing to do with the other – hip hop used to be just rappers but not anymore – what folks call r&b an that they play on rap stations is now a part of hip hop
    shit you think erykah badu an jill scott an ginuwine an r. kelly an yeah ne-yo and and and and and aint hip hop????
    WRONG!!!
    holla
    one
    oral b
    CBT (Cock Brothers Team)
    http://www.cockbrothersteam.com
    http://www.cbtmusic.com
    http://www.myspace.com/cockbrothersteam
    http://www.cockbrothersteam.com/blog

  • Dominiuque

    Hey, Ne-yo sent this too all of his myspace fans about this dreadful rumor
    AND ALSO A WORD FROM YOUR BOY NE-YO
    ((ne-yo posted this to all of his myspace friends and fans))
    From Eurweb.com: (This basically sums everything up)
    “*R&B singer Ne-Yo has had an interesting couple of weeks on the World Wide Web. First a picture of him and a young woman in the midst of a sex act surfaces, courtesy of his hacked-into Sidekickas the story goes.
    A rumor being e-mailed around this week, and attributed to Barbra Stradoff, Essence Magazine is that Ne-Yo is gay and finally coming out of the closet in the pages of the publications October issue. But according to the magazine, the rumor is 100 percent false.
    This story is not true. Ne-Yo isn’t even in our October issue, and there’s no one here by the name of Barbara Stradoff, a rep for Essence told EUR.”
    To the fans, I love y’all, and to the haters, keep hating.
    Your boy Ne-Yo tha Kidd

  • Popcorn

    I really don’t care about the sexual orientation of a person, as along as his music is good and he’s done nothing to harm anyone. Who freaking cares if him likes guys. I’m cool with it. =)

  • ray

    Whatever he is, I still love his music. I agree with the person that said the industry cares way too much about image.

  • Nettiei

    Ne-Yo isn’t gay. Barbra Stradoff doesn’t even work for Essence Magazine. It was a complete fake. Some people are just out there to destroy some peoples careers.

  • Noel

    Ne-yo you are Fabulous and i realise that most of the comments about the issue at hand are negative. however you shouldn’t allow the negative comments to affect you or your career. you are in a tough business as it is and you have managed to work your way to the top. at this point you shouldn’t allow anyone or anything such as a rumour to hold you back, even if you are gay. Quiet a few gay people have done themselves proud in the same business and also stayed at the top of the charts. JUST DO YOU THING!!! IF YOU ARE GAY THAT”S YOU AND YOUR BOYFRIEND’S BUSINESS. AND I STILL THINK YOU ARE A WONDERFUL ARTIST