Panic! at the Disco’s yummy Brendon Urie sat down with PAPER for a freewheeling conversation that touched on the #MeToo movement, his thoughts on politics, religion, and Aziz Ansari (?). But it’s when he spoke about his sexuality that things got REALLY INTERESTING.
PAPER: You don’t buy into the old masculinity tropes.
BRENDON: No. I’m married to a woman and I’m very much in love with her but I’m not opposed to a man because to me, I like a person. Yeah I guess you could qualify me as pansexual because I really don’t care. If a person is great, then a person is great. I just like good people, if your heart’s in the right place. I’m definitely attracted to men. It’s just people that I am attracted to.
So you’re pansexual.
I guess so, I guess this is me coming out as pansexual.
Did you find yourself as a young man having to really come to terms with your sexuality?
It was never weird for me. I know that it made a few people uncomfortable, when somebody gets uncomfortable about me doing what I used to call “stage gay.” It kind of presses me to want to do it more.
What’s “stage gay”?
For our first headline tour I would go up to Ryan our guitar player, and like kiss him on the neck or kiss him on the mouth and he would be so mad. I was like, I just want to kiss you bro. I would hang out with friends and after five or six beers we’re just kind of like smooching on each other. People just get hammered and fool around.
You call it “barsexual,” right?
Oh, yeah barsexual. People get offended by that. I’ve said things without thinking about it — not trying to be offensive. I need to apologize for that. I’m of the, it’s not what people say it’s what they do and who they are. We’re so focused on rhetoric and stuff it’s like “Yeah, Donald Trump says really dumb shit all the time but he’s doing way worse shit.”
Read the whole interview here.
(Photos: Top and middle: Pacific Coast News; bottom PAPER magazine)