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American Idol's Rayvon Owen is dating the love interest from his coming out music video

2016-02-16
After making the brave decision to publicly come out via the film clip to his debut single ‘Can’t Fight It’, it has been revealed the male on-screen lover for Rayvon Owen is actually his real-life lover too. The American Idol finalist was originally meant to appear in the film clip with a female companion, but changed his mind at the last minute after deciding to no longer be “afraid”. “When I read that treatment, I knew I couldn’t be dishonest. Not that I ever lied to people in the past, but the truth had been omitted,” said Owen. As it turns out, the actor who was cast in the nightclub scene, Shane Bitney Crone, has confirmed this week on social media the pair are in a relationship, reports Gay Star News. The couple reportedly met while volunteering at a World AIDS Day event held in Detroit back in December 2013, and love blossomed. “I walked out the large revolving door of my hotel and bumped into a tall, attractive man with a big, bright smile. He said hello, I said hello, and we went our separate ways,” wrote Crone in a Facebook post shortly after the video's premiere yesterday. “After a few paces I looked back to catch another glimpse of him and saw that he was doing the same. A curious feeling, one I hadn’t felt in over a decade, came over me.” After introducing himself properly to Owen at a rehearsal, Crone said they became infatuated with each other by the end of the night. “This was how love was supposed to happen. No lies. No games. Just two people who could be themselves with each other.”

After nearly five years, I'm ready for love again. This is Rayvon and he's made me the happiest guy alive. To anyone out there who feels like they are damaged from previous relationships, who haven’t met “the one” yet, or who have lost love as I did and feel like they’ll never find it again, I am here to tell you that it is possible. It may not come in the packaging you expected, or at the moment you anticipated, but if you are patient and open to the possibility, amazing things can happen. I hope that by being public about my relationship with Rayvon, others will feel inspired to let themselves be vulnerable and take chances. We are all worthy of love and are not defined solely by the past. ❤️ ---------------------------------------------------- If you'd like to read about the serendipitous series of events that brought us together, visit Facebook.com/ShaneBitneyCroneOfficial or click the link in my bio.

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Crone said he was also proud of Owen for using the platform of his music to be open with his fans about his sexuality. “I was proud of and inspired by him for using this significant moment of his career to do something that could empower young people,” he said. “I also knew that it would be an incredible opportunity to share my new love with the people who had supported me throughout the past few years. “I was scared to announce that I was moving on but I knew, once again, that this was about so much more than me. Too often people deny who they are and whom they love because they’re worried about what other people think, but as Rayvon’s song says, you ‘Can’t Fight It’.” In case you missed the video to ‘Can’t Fight It’, you can watch it below: More stories: ‘Masc 4 masc?’ What gay hook-up slang really means Does Kanye’s new album artwork rip off Madonna?