Sara M Moniuszko
Published 10:41 AM EDT Oct 22, 2019
Marie Osmond is sharing her experience with questioning her sexuality when she was younger.
The singer, 60, opened up on “The Talk” while discussing Miley Cyrus’ controversial comments about being gay.
“There are good men out there guys, don’t give up,” Cyrus said Sunday. “You don’t have to be gay, there are good people with (penises) out there, you just got to find them.”
Osmond said she had a “different take” on Cyrus’ comments, revealing she “actually thought she was gay” herself when she was 8 or 9 years old.
“And the reason is because I had been sexually abused to the point that men, they made me sick,” she said. “I didn’t trust them, I didn’t like them. So when I hear her say that, there was a point in my life – I had so many body issues… and I was looking at women and I thought, ‘Why am I looking at women? I must be gay. ‘ “
Osmond added that her “great brothers” and “amazing father” made her change her opinion of men.
“Truly, they changed my opinion of men, which made me feel that it was something I was going through,” she said. “So I’m not saying anything about anybody, I’m saying that with her statement and my life personally, that changed the way I looked at myself.”
Cyrus took to Twitter Monday to clarify her comments in a NSFW tweet. “I was talking (expletive) about (guys), but let me be clear, YOU don’t CHOOSE your sexuality. You are born as you are. It has always been my priority to protect the LGBTQ community I am a part of,” she wrote, adding a rainbow emoji.
Some on Twitter expressed their dissatisfaction with the singer’s comments from the weekend.
One critic slammed her remarks as “a stupid message, from a stupid person, to idiots who think they ‘have to’ become gay because a gender disappoints them. That’s a stupid narrative encouraging the illusion that it’s a choice and a flimsy button.”
Another user made use of the eye roll emoji in their post: “Miley Cyrus saying ‘you don’t have to be gay.’ “
Cyrus, founder of the Happy Hippie Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to providing resources to LGBT youth, homeless citizens and other vulnerable communities, came out as pansexual in 2016.
She said in Variety’s Power of Women L.A. issue that as far as her gender, she feels “very neutral.”
“Once I understood my gender more, which was unassigned, then I understood my sexuality more,” she said. “I was like, ‘Oh – that’s why I don’t feel straight and I don’t feel gay. It’s because I’m not.’ “
Contributing: Erin Jensen, Jaleesa M. Jones
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