In a candid and courageous revelation, Wayne Brady, the renowned entertainer and host of "Let’s Make a Deal," has publicly announced that he identifies as pansexual. The 51-year-old artist made the groundbreaking disclosure in an exclusive interview with People, shedding light on his struggles with defining his sexuality and addressing his "love addiction."
"I am pansexual," Brady boldly stated, going on to clarify that his attraction to individuals transcends conventional notions of sex and gender. Describing himself as "bisexual — with an open mind," Brady's candid admission signifies a significant milestone in the ongoing journey towards greater understanding and acceptance of diverse sexual orientations.
Brady's announcement comes as he finds himself on a profound "path to self-discovery." Currently in the process of filming a reality show centered around his blended family, set to premiere on Hulu next year, he is navigating both his personal and professional spheres with newfound authenticity.
The comedian and host explained that during his journey of self-acceptance, he grappled with the notion of identifying solely as bisexual. However, he found that the term did not entirely encapsulate his evolving understanding of his own attractions. "I came to pansexual because... to me, pan means being able to be attracted to anyone who identifies as gay, straight, bi, transsexual, or non-binary," Brady elucidated. For him, pansexuality represents the capacity to be attracted to individuals across the entire spectrum of gender identities.
Brady's voyage of self-discovery was sparked, in part, by the tragic passing of actor Robin Williams in 2014. This event prompted Brady to engage more openly in discussions surrounding mental health, pushing beyond surface-level conversations to explore the depths of his own psyche. He acknowledged the ongoing importance of mental health, stating, "There’s a lot of therapy that I’m doing right now. I wish I didn’t care what people think of me, but the fact of the matter is, I do care." This self-awareness marked a pivotal turning point in his life, setting him on a path of exploration and growth.
As Brady began to open up to himself about his pansexuality, he simultaneously embarked on a journey of self-discovery. "I had to start learning about myself, and I had to start owning up to things that maybe I’d either repressed, suppressed, or just didn’t wanna deal with," he reflected. The comedian's honest introspection has undoubtedly inspired others who may be facing similar journeys of self-acceptance.
Brady's courageous disclosure also extended to his loved ones. His first step was revealing his truth to his ex-wife, Mandie Taketa, who expressed her support and happiness for his newfound clarity. His daughter Maile, with a simple "Okay" and a shrug, demonstrated her acceptance of her father's revelation.
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