Rumor Control: About That Ne-Yo Rumor...
Sep 04 | by Natasha
For some reason the rumor of Ne-Yo coming out of the closet in a future issue of Essence magazine has started to re-circulate. While this is indeed believable, it is 100% false and isn't even new. The rumor originated, with a fake excerpt from the magazine, back in 2006. It was posted on several websites then and even had a writer's name attached. Here's what it said: Singer Ne-yo Announces He Is Gay. Essence Magazine newly famed singer/songwriter has came out of the closet and announced that he is gay. The multi-platinum recording artist sat down with Essence Magazine last week and announced the shocking news stating, "Yes, I am gay, and I have always been." After several internet rumors have been circulating around the internet. He also said, "You now this world we live in is full of judgement, resulting in one of the reasons why it took me so long to come out of the closet." Earlier this month, a man by the name of Derrick Johnson claimed that he had an intimate relationship with the singer during there teen years in high school. He also said that for months the singer and Def Jam has been trying to pay him to keep quiet over the ordeal. Worrying that it would destroy his image. Ne-yo responds saying, that the relationship did occur and he is no longer ashamed of saying that he was deeply in love. Reciting "That situation was what inspired me to write the song Unfaithful. But no one knew it was actually about myself, and our relationship." He told Essence that he doesn't care anymore, he was tired of living a lie and is ready to come clean. Quoting, "the music industry can either except me for who I am, or desert me." Of course, the alleged issue never came out because it was all fake and untrue. Essence put out a statement then, saying the writer whose name was attached to the fake article didn't even exist and Ne-Yo didn't even have a feature story at all in the magazine that year. And their statement is the same now that this exact fake excerpt has re-circulated. I spoke with an editor at Essence , Cori Murray, and she confirms to TheYBF.com that this alleged "coming out story" is just as false as it was back in 2006. So there you have it. Ne-Yo is not...yet...an out member of Team Tang. Now you can stop flooding my inbox with this foolishness...
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