American Idol Runner-Up Crystal Bowersox Comes Out as Bisexual
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American Idol Runner-Up Crystal Bowersox Comes Out as Bisexual

Just months after American Idol runner-up Crystal Bowersox announced her divorce from her husband of three years, the Season 9 contestant revealed another intimate detail about her life.

“I’ve been bisexual for as long as I can remember,” the 28-year-old recently said to Good Day L.A. “I remember being made fun of in junior high for that. It was something that was shameful, and it really shouldn’t be.”

“The more people who come out who are in the public eye, the better chance some high school school student has to love and accept themselves,” she continued in an interview with Greg in Hollywood. So to put her money where her mouth is, Crystal released an emotional new song entitled “Coming Out for Christmas.”

“I think 40 percent of the youth homeless population is LGBTQ, and it’s simply because they’re not accepted by their families. They’re kicked out of their homes, they feel shame and guilt. I just feel like that’s not what the holidays are about.”

Though Crystal admits the song first started out as a joke, she says it quickly became about more than that. “The song is about being with your family regardless of sexual orientation and you could even throw political views in there. [...] The song is about practicing tolerance and acceptance.”

Not only is Crystal hoping to help her fans through her music, but she’s also donating proceeds of her sales to the Trevor Project, a non-profit organization which provides suicide prevention services to LGBT youth.

01.6.2014 / 12:00 AM EDT by Jager Weatherby
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