Jason Clark FotoDuring an intense Twitter exchange with fans Tuesday, American Idol star La’Porsha Renae revealed that she was “homosexual for two years” before deciding to live the rest of her life as a heterosexual.
After being called homophobic on the social media platform, the “Battles” singer wrote, “Phobia is a fear. I’m not afraid of homosexuals, nor do I hate them. I respect and love EVERYONE.”
While continuing to defend her tolerance for all human beings, La’Porsha added, “You’re wrong to think it’s not a choice for some…because it was for me. #Truth.”
“I chose to be heterosexual after being homosexual for two years. I chose a belief system that felt TRUE to my spirit. #TRUTH. And the bigger picture of my statement was that homosexuals should be loved and respected, not dehumanized…not whether/not it was a choice,” she wrote.
La’Porsha came under fire last year for her thoughts on the Religious Freedom bill that was passed into law in her home state of Mississippi, allowing any professional individuals, businesses or religious organizations to deny service to LGBTQ+ people.
However, she claimed in a Periscope video that her words were taken out of context, saying, “I tried to be as open and honest and neutral as possibly, but that’s the way interviews go. Sometimes when you do interviews, it gets twisted up. I wasn’t trying to offend anyone.”
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Phobia is a fear. I'm not afraid of homosexuals, nor do I hate them. I respect and love EVERYONE. https://t.co/IejlheUqx5
— La'Porsha~Renae (@laporsharenae) March 8, 2017