Popular gospel artiste, Aaron Thomas, who appeared on American Idol and BET’s Sunday Best, recently shocked his fans after he announced he was bisexual and was leaving gospel music for R&B.
Speaking with Philadelphia Magazine, the 27-year-old star who now goes by the name ‘Terrance Stone’, revealed he never felt entirely at home in the gospel music industry, where one is expected to be perfect.
“As a gospel artist, it was always challenging for me to be me,” he said. “The expectations of the gospel industry is to present yourself as this perfect person, when I was far from that. The gospel industry always made me feel like I wasn’t good enough.”
“I’ve been sheltered almost my whole life. I lived my life according to others’ opinions of what I should do and who I should be… The more I grew as an artist and as a person, I knew that my gift wasn’t only for the church.” he added.
Speaking on his sexual orientation, he revealed that a heartbreak with his last girlfriend led him to explore new sexual frontiers.
“I’m a bisexual male, but I don’t have the typical stereotype LGBT story. In high school I was a nerd trying find my way. I became popular after I performed at my school talent show. I was exposed to a lot of what I didn’t know. My last girlfriend I ever had broke my heart. She was my childhood lover. We were dating for about a year, then out of nowhere she called me one day asking me to sing at her wedding. Crazy, right? Since then I could never trust another female ever again. I wanted to experience what it would be like to be with another male out of my own curiosity.”
In his new career, he hopes to inspire and be a role model for others to emulate.
“I want my legacy to be known by the love I show, the advice I give, and the presence I carry. I believe the music industry can reignite highlighting more mentors, role models, and true examples for people to look up to, versus glorifying drugs and money. It’s so much more to achieve in life than just those things.” he said.