American Idol’s La’Porsha Renae Reveals “I Was Homosexual for Two Years” (UPDATED)

AMERICAN IDOL: Top 2 Revealed: Contestant La'Porsha Renae performs on AMERICAN IDOL airing Wednesday, April 6 (8:00-9:00 PM ET/PT) on FOX. © 2016 FOX Broadcasting Co. Cr: Michael Becker/ FOX. This image is embargoed until Wednesday, April 6, 10:00PM PT / 12:00AM ET

Remember when La’Porsha Renae made controversial remarks about the LGBT community after she finished American Idol season 15 as runner-up to Trent Harmon?

During the singer’s post-Idol interview with reporters, La’Porsha stated that she “respects” the LGBT community, but doesn’t agree with their “lifestyle.”

Now, here’s a twist you probably weren’t expecting. In a heated discussion with fans on twitter, La’Porsha claims she was “homosexual for two years” until she decided to become heterosexual. Yeah. I know!

La’Porsha’s debut album on Motown records, Already All Ready will be released at the end of the month. It all started when her tweet promoting the set was returned by a displeased music fan who said “This homophobic bitch (while she has a beautiful voice) gets NONE of my coins.”

La’Porsha probably should have let it go, but she responded that she’s “not afraid of homosexuals” and that she respects and loves everyone. Plus, she advised the person to “educate” himself and come back to her.

When a fan insisted that folks were born gay, La’Porsha insisted that it’s a “choice” for some “because it was for me.”

After a fan asked the singer to clarify, she revealed “I chose to be heterosexual after being homosexual for 2 years. I chose a belief system that felt TRUE to my spirit.”

OK. It’s none of my business, but I gotta say. I have a MILLION questions. The admission was met with a few negative responses to which La’Porsha clapped back, “Now who’s judging? U haven’t walked in my shoes, so don’t try to diagnose me…it’s not your place 2 tell me what I was/wasn’t.”

Here’s the full quote from La’Porsha’s post-Idol interview last April:

This is how I feel about the LGBT Community…Although all of us may not agree with that particular lifestyle for religious reasons–-whatever the reason is. You still treat each other with respect. Everybody is a human being. We should be able to coexist with one another. I am one of the people who don’t really agree with that lifestyle. I wasn’t brought up that way, it wasn’t how I was raised. But I do have a lot of friends and a lot of people that I love dearly who are gay and homosexual and they’re such sweet, nice people. We should just respect each other’s differences and opinions and move on.

La’Porsha’s remarks back then made it appear her beliefs about the “gay lifestyle” were made up at a very early age, shaped by the belief systems of her family and church. Which is why her admission that she had same-sex relationships in the past is surprising.

UPDATED: After the Huffington Post posted a piece on La’Porsha’s tweets, she responded:

“I decided to be heterosexual because I felt like that’s the life God intended me to live. My response to your skepticism is that many people walk many different strokes of life,” she wrote. “Some people believe they chose homosexuality and some believe they didn’t. Who’s to say one is wrong? It’s not fair to generalize anyone’s sexuality or walk of life.”

Let people believe what they want to believe about themselves. Life can be a complex thing. It’s not always black or white. I took a journey and became more grounded in my faith, and decided that I wanted to live a heterosexual life. The main point I want people to take away from my Tweets is that we are all shaped by different experiences, and we should all love and respect one another. We don’t have to have the same truths or personal belief systems to love one another and get along. I have homosexual friends and family. I believe in God and Jesus, my christ and savior, yet i have CLOSE friends who are atheists, friends who are Muslims, friends who are Jewish, friends who are transgender and believe God gave them the wrong body… We ALL LOVE ONE ANOTHER… we don’t try to “convert” each other and we don’t CONDEMN each other for how different our walks of life are.

Everyone should have to right to believe in what they believe in and to live their lives the way they feel they want to. Me choosing to be straight does not in any way reflect on my love for homosexuals. I’ve been told that I’m a bigot, a hypocrite, a gay basher, a homophobic. I’m none of those things. I LOVE EVERYONE. ANYONE is welcome to hang out with me and have fun, or sit down with me and talk. I don’t discriminate against anyone. And I don’t condone hating someone or treating them badly because they live differently than I do. I so wish that people knew me for who I really am, but I don’t have that privilege. Social media takes a statement like, “Despite our different beliefs, we should be able to love and respect each other and treat each other with kindness” and turns it into “LaPorsha Renae Hates LGBTQ community.”

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