An American gospel singer has come out as bisexual.
Terrence Stone is an R&B singer local to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US. He’s known for his gospel vocals under the name Aaron Thomas.
He has come out as bisexual in a new interview with Philadelphia Magazine.
Stone started the interview by talking about his upbringing in uptown Philadelphia.
He’s been ‘singing and performing across the US since the age of four.’
Stone has appeared on American Idol season 4, BET’s Sunday Best, Showtime at the Apollo, The Word Network and ‘many more TV shows.’
He explained growing up he used to sing in church.
‘All I knew was church. I love it and I love God. But one thing I could never agree with was the religious aspect.
He continued: ‘As a gospel artist, it was always challenging for me to be me. The expectations of the gospel industry is to present yourself as this perfect person, when I was far from that.
‘The gospel industry always made me feel like I wasn’t good enough.’
This was the reason he moved to singing R&B.
In the R&B industry, he had the oppurtunity to ‘encourage, inspire and uplift people in an authentic way.’
Stone then explained he felt now is the right time for him to come out.
He has previous never really had the chance to really showcase who he is.
The 27-year-old said he doesn’t have the ‘typical stereotype LGBT story.’
He became popular after performing in his school talent show.
The singer then explained his last girlfriend broke up with him by ‘calling me one day asking me to sing at her wedding.’
‘It’s not about the title…’
Stone says his ex-boyfriend James is the biggest inspiration behind his coming out.
He told Philadelphia Magazine: ‘We broke up early 2017. He taught me a lot about myself. I always felt like I didn’t deserve him.
‘Because I had such a dark past I wasn’t willing to grow with him over time to reveal all of who I was because I was afraid he wouldn’t love me anymore. Being together off and on for four years really showed me what true love is when it comes to a relationship.
‘It’s not about the title, but it’s about being there for each other mutually no matter what.’
Stone said the pair are now best friends and James is ‘literally one of the only people I can depend on no matter the circumstance.’