Watch: 'I Choose Love' - Joshua Bassett Shows Haters the Door After Harry Styles, 'Coming Out' Comments

by Kilian Melloy

EDGE Staff Reporter

Wednesday May 12, 2021

Joshua Bassett told haters on social media to take their negativity elsewhere after "coming out" in an interview in which he called Harry Styles "hot."

The day after his musings on Styles, the "High School Musical: The Musical: The Series" star and chart-topping "Lie Lie Lie" singer took to Twitter to address how his detractors reacted to the interview. Some users thought Bassett had been joking; others assumed him to be bisexual; and then there were those claiming Bassett's "coming out" remark was a case of "queerbaiting," as BuzzFeed News pointed out.

The Huffington Post also noted that Bassett steered away from saying that he was gay, bisexual, or queer. Taking to Twitter, however, the musician talked about the pressures he's faced concerning his sexuality.

"My entire life people have told me my sexuality," Bassett tweeted. "People have shamed me for things they know nothing about."

After calling out those who were spouting "toxicity, hatred, and negativity," Bassett declared his generation as one of "love & growth," and urged, "It's time we start acting like it."

As BuzzFeed recalled, there had been "months of drama about the supposed love triangle between Bassett, his costar Olivia Rodrigo, and Sabrina Carpenter (which appeared to be the subject of shady songs from all three)."

Shrugging off the trolls, Bassett encouraged his followers to "love who you love shamelessly," declaring, "I choose love."

That wasn't Bassett's last word on the subject, either. He took to Instagram to offer followers an impromptu serenade.

"I'm breaking the spell, I'm ending the cycle," Bassett sang while playing on a keyboard, ending on the verse: "It's my life, it's my life to live."

The initial furor erupted following an interview Bassett gave with Clevver News earlier this week. As EDGE reported at the time, when the topic of Styles came up, Bassett didn't shy away from expressing his admiration, calling the "Golden" crooner "a very classy man."

"He's just cool, he's cool," Bassett continued, before adding, "Also he's hot, you know. He's very charming too."

A moment later, Bassett said: "I guess this also my coming out video, I guess..."

Elsewhere in the interview, Bassett also revealed how he deals with rumors made up about him.

"You have to remember that most people don't know what they're talking about, when they're talking about your personal life," he explained. "Just let it go and understand that it's not personal."

Watch Bassett's interview with Clevver News below.

Kilian Melloy serves as EDGE Media Network's Associate Arts Editor and Staff Contributor. His professional memberships include the National Lesbian & Gay Journalists Association, the Boston Online Film Critics Association, The Gay and Lesbian Entertainment Critics Association, and the Boston Theater Critics Association's Elliot Norton Awards Committee.