The newly silver-haired La’Porsha Renae dropped by The Real this week for some frank talk and a performance of her single, “Good Woman.” The song is from her debut album, Already All Ready. The hosts asked the singer about the controversy around some things she said about homosexuality. Particularly, that she was homosexual, but decided to become heterosexual due to her spiritual beliefs. Here’s what the American Idol season 15 runner-up had to say on the matter:
When people ask me a personal question I answer it in a personal way. I can only speak from the footsteps and the shoes I walked in. We have so many variations that make us who we are. And the reason I even went towards homosexuality at first was because I was raped, I was molested, I was abused. I saw a lot of people around me going through the same thing with men. So I told myself I’m not going to be with a man, I’m going to be with a woman. Then, I…found my spirituality. I found a belief system that worked for me. I said ‘you know what. I actually do want to give being with men another chance.’ I never said ‘everybody gets to choose.’ I never spoke for anybody but myself. I feel society …[has] these labels, they have these boxes. No one can be in the gray area. When you’re in the gray area and you don’t fit, they put you in one of those boxes. I have people saying ‘no, boo. you’re bisexual.’ I say, to be bisexual, I would presently have to be attracted to men and women and I’m not. I say speak for yourself. And I say don’t generalize anything. Everybody literally has their own walk.
Well. La’Porsha’s new comments will probably provoke a new round of reactions. On the less controversial side, the singer chatted about what it was like collaborating with Ne-Yo. She described being in awe of him, but challenging him anyway when she wanted to change some lyrics. In the end, she said, he respected that she stood up for herself.
Watch La’Porsha Renae’s The Real interview and performance of “Good Woman” below.