High School Musical star Joshua Bassett confirms he’s part of the LGBTQ+ community

Published on June 25, 2021

Last month, he called Harry Styles ‘hot’ and ‘charming’ in a video interview, before adding ‘this is also my coming out video, I guess.’

And Joshua Bassett confirmed he is part of the LGBTQ+ community in a new interview for GQ magazine: ‘I’m happy to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community because they embrace all.’

The 20-year-old High School Musical star said he ‘wasn’t joking’ about his Harry comments, adding ‘I stood behind every word that I said.’

The latest: Last month, Joshua Bassett called Harry Styles 'hot' and 'charming' in a video interview, before adding 'this is also my coming out video, I guess.' And Joshua Bassett confirmed he is part of the LGBTQ+ community in a new interview for GQ magazine

The latest: Last month, Joshua Bassett called Harry Styles ‘hot’ and ‘charming’ in a video interview, before adding ‘this is also my coming out video, I guess.’ And Joshua Bassett confirmed he is part of the LGBTQ+ community in a new interview for GQ magazine

‘Even if there are consequences, I would much rather deal with consequences and live my truth than live in fear,’ the actor noted.

Joshua was asked about whether or not he thinks the younger generation need to ‘come out’ publicly in the same way previous generations have had to, he said: ‘I am anti-coming out in the sense that there’s no need to.’

However, he said that ‘people are welcome to have boxes if they want them.

Joshua said growing up his five sisters would dress him up as Snow White, and he said he would hear comments like ‘”When’s he gonna find out he’s gay?”‘

Speaking out: The 20-year-old High School Musical star said he 'wasn't joking' about his Harry comments, adding 'I stood behind every word that I said'

Speaking out: The 20-year-old High School Musical star said he ‘wasn’t joking’ about his Harry comments, adding ‘I stood behind every word that I said’

‘People would tell me that I’m straight or [I] can’t be gay because XYZ thing,’ he said.

Joshua said that people wouldn’t believe him ‘either way’ if he talked about his sexuality in any way.’

The Disney star said that ‘there are plenty of letters in the alphabet… Why bother rushing to a conclusion? Sometimes your letter changes, sometimes you try a different one, other times you realize you’re not what you thought you were, or maybe you always knew.’

Adding; ‘All of these can be true. I’m happy to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community because they embrace all. Don’t let anyone tell you love isn’t love. They’re the ones who probably need it the most.’

He said that he hopes ‘this generation can feel comfortable, confident, and safe talking about sexuality without needing to be a box and without needing to have it all figured out.’

The star said speaking on the subject ‘makes me emotional’: ‘I didn’t necessarily have that when I was younger. I didn’t have a me saying stuff like this.’

Joshua said: ‘I’m very at peace. I’m celebrating Pride all month long.’

Thoughts: 'Even if there are consequences, I would much rather deal with consequences and live my truth than live in fear,' the actor noted; seen March 13, 2021 at Nickelodeon's Kids' Choice Awards in Santa Monica

Thoughts: ‘Even if there are consequences, I would much rather deal with consequences and live my truth than live in fear,’ the actor noted; seen March 13, 2021 at Nickelodeon’s Kids’ Choice Awards in Santa Monica

Last month, the star called Harry Styles ‘hot’ and ‘charming,’ before saying: ‘This is also my coming out video, I guess.’

The scrutiny began in early May after he did an interview for Clevver news, answering fan submitted questions.

The fan wrote: ‘When are you collaborating w Harry Styles? That day will be the literal death of me.’

He answered: ‘Why don’t you ask Harry that? I don’t know. I’m just kidding. I haven’t been responding to his calls. He just keeps asking me to do an album and I’m like dude, let’s just do one song and worry about the album.. like calm down,’ he joked. ‘Anyway, one day.’

Where it started: Last month, the star called Harry Styles 'hot' and 'charming,' before saying: 'This is also my coming out video, I guess.' The scrutiny began in early May after he did an interview for Clevver news, answering fan submitted questions

Where it started: Last month, the star called Harry Styles ‘hot’ and ‘charming,’ before saying: ‘This is also my coming out video, I guess.’ The scrutiny began in early May after he did an interview for Clevver news, answering fan submitted questions

Adding: ‘Let’s manifest it, let’s make it happen.’

Joshua then said out loud: ‘What is it about Harry Styles that I admire?’ to which he said: ‘What I admire about Harry Styles is he is a very classy man and he’s also very well rounded and he does acting, singing, fashion and I think that he’s a nice guy who doesn’t say too much but when he talks, it matters in that sense. He’s just cool, like he’s cool. Who doesn’t think Harry Styles is cool?’

He continued: ‘Also he’s hot. He’s very charming too. Lots of things. Guess this is also my coming out video I guess.’

The interview: Joshua then said out loud: 'What is it about Harry Styles that I admire?' to which he said: 'What I admire about Harry Styles is he is a very classy man and he's also very well rounded and he does acting, singing, fashion and I think that he's a nice guy who doesn't say too much but when he talks, it matters in that sense. He's just cool, like he's cool. Who doesn't think Harry Styles is cool?'

The interview: Joshua then said out loud: ‘What is it about Harry Styles that I admire?’ to which he said: ‘What I admire about Harry Styles is he is a very classy man and he’s also very well rounded and he does acting, singing, fashion and I think that he’s a nice guy who doesn’t say too much but when he talks, it matters in that sense. He’s just cool, like he’s cool. Who doesn’t think Harry Styles is cool?’

Gushing: He continued: 'Also he's hot. He's very charming too. Lots of things. Guess this is also my coming out video I guess;' Harry pictured May 11, 2021 at The BRIT Awards in London

Gushing: He continued: ‘Also he’s hot. He’s very charming too. Lots of things. Guess this is also my coming out video I guess;’ Harry pictured May 11, 2021 at The BRIT Awards in London

One day later, the singer/actor shared a heartfelt note addressing his sexuality after facing scrutiny about it following his interview.

The High School Musical: The Musical: The Series star sang and played the piano in the clip he shared as he thanked fans that ‘stand for love and acceptance’ and told them to ‘love who you love shamelessly’ and that its ‘ok to still be figuring out who you are.’

In his statement, Joshua preferred not to identify any labels for his sexuality.

His words: One day later, the singer/actor shared a heartfelt note addressing his sexuality after facing scrutiny about it following his interview

His words: One day later, the singer/actor shared a heartfelt note addressing his sexuality after facing scrutiny about it following his interview

The TV star wrote: ‘My entire life people have told me my sexuality. People have shamed me for things they know nothing about. I want to say thank you to those who stand for love and acceptance.’

Adding: ‘Toxicity, hatred, and negativity say less about the subject, but say far more about those who spew it.’

Joshua continue: ‘It’s 2021, we are the generation of love & growth, it’s time we start acting like it. Whether you love me, hate me, or damn me to hell, I love you all the same.’

He finished off his heartfelt note with: ‘Love who you love shamelessly. It’s ok to still be figuring out who you are. Life’s too short to let ignorance and hatred win. I choose love.’

Joshua added six hearts in a rainbow of colors.

In the song, Joshua sings: ‘I’m breaking the spell/I’m mending the cycle/Been going through hell/ Need more than survival/If I don’t work this out I’d probably pass it down again/ The time for change is now/It’s my life/It’s my life.’

Joshua stars on The High School Musical: The Musical: The Series alongside his ex Olivia Rodrigo, 18.

He became a household name after Olivia’s song called Drivers License about him became a huge hit.

It was reportedly inspired by a new relationship with Sabrina Carpenter, 22.

Pals: Joshua stars on The High School Musical: The Musical: The Series alongside his ex Olivia Rodrigo, 18. He became a household name after Olivia's song called Drivers License about him became a huge hit; pictured on November 1, 2019

Pals: Joshua stars on The High School Musical: The Musical: The Series alongside his ex Olivia Rodrigo, 18. He became a household name after Olivia’s song called Drivers License about him became a huge hit; pictured on November 1, 2019