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Will I Am Reflects On Sexuality Questions Growing Up, Says He’s Proud To Be Feminine




Will I Am says he has no shame in embracing his feminine side.


via: People


The Black Eyed Peas frontman, 48, opened up about not acting in accordance with traditional gender roles on the July 31 episode of The Diary of CEO.


“Coming of age, I didn't have a man in my life or a father in my life to guide me through that. My mom did that, which probably made me even ultra feminine, which I have no shame of being super feminine,” said Will.i.am.


As a result, a lot of people would ask the “Pump It” musician if he was gay growing up.


“I remember in the ‘90s, we [didn’t] have the support in the LGBT community like [we do] now,” he recalled. “So growing up in the ‘90s, [people were] like, ‘Are you gay?’ A lot of people would question if I was [gay] because I was feminine.”

“I'm still feminine,” noted Will.i.am. “I sit where I sit. I act the way I act. My mannerisms are my mom's.”


He continued, “I’m strong with my femininity. I think it's a superpower. When you know who you are, when you love who you are, how you are, how you vibe, that's what it's about.”

“I like girls," the musician added. "I never was attracted to men. I'm attracted to females, but I'm feminine.




Will.i.am’s discussion of his femininity stemmed from sharing how he felt a “distortion” at the age of 18, calling it “the hardest path in my life.”

That time ultimately inspired him to produce the 2019 song “Be Nice” with the Black Eyed Peas, which features Snoop Dogg on the track.


“There's nothing wrong with being emotional,” he said. “When you're creative, you're always sensitive, you're hypersensitive. That's a part of creativity. You feel too much, and I feel too much. I empathize hardcore.”


“I'm the guy in the elevator that talks to strangers,” added Will.i.am, as he recalled times when he had 30-minute conversations with random people.


“I don't ever want to ignore folks that I can shed light on or they could shed light to me for no little nuggets that you give or receive,” he explained.


I don't understand why people have a hard time believing that you can be straight, but also have ultra feminine qualities. There's this trope that's been going on for eons that you must be gay if you ambody feminine presenting behaviors.


There's nothing wrong with being sensitive, and embodying nurturing qualities.



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