Joshua Bassett gives statement on his sexuality: 'It's OK to still be figuring out who you are'

Disney star went viral this week for video expressing admiration for Harry Styles


Words: Jamie Tabberer; picture: Warner Records

Joshua Bassett has issued a statement clearing up speculation on his sexuality, saying: "It's OK to still be figuring out who you are."

The update follows a viral "coming out video" in which the Disney star expressed glowing admiration for 'Golden' singer Harry Styles.

High School Musical: The Musical: The Series actor Joshua said in the video: "He's cool, he's just cool. Who doesn't think Harry Styles is cool? He's hot, you know? Very charming too. Lots of things. I guess this is also my coming out video."

"Love who you are shamelessly"

In a Twitter update posted last night, Joshua said: "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 of you who stand for love and acceptance."

The 20-year-old continued: "Toxicity, hatred, and negativity say less about the subject, but say for more about those who spew it.

"It's 2021. We are the generation of love and 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."

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The 'Lie Lie Lie' singer then added: "Love who you are 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 - who has previously been linked to 'Drivers Licence' singer Olivia Rodrigo - is also known for songs like 'Only a Matter of Time' and Heaven Is You'.

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