Rayvon Owen is making a splash with his post-American Idol debut! The season 14 finalist decided to come out as gay in his music video for "Can't Fight It." He says that he made the choice when he read the director's idea for the last scene, in which he would leave with a girl. When he saw that, he decided to open up about his sexuality and change the ending, so he kisses a man.
“When I read that treatment, I knew I couldn’t be dishonest. Not that I ever lied to people in the past, but the truth had been omitted. I felt like I was doing a disservice because I’ve always been an honest, loving person," he told Billboard.
While he kept the details about his sexuality a secret to himself for a long time, he says that a dramatic incident in his life led him to reconsider.
“Someone I knew passed away. He never got to live his truth, and there are many people who die young and never get to leave their mark or make a difference. I’ve been given such an awesome platform so why not use it to help, when there are so many people out there like me who haven’t come to terms with who they are or even worse, have been kicked out of their home or who have been bullied or who have committed suicide," he continued.
"As long as this is happening, it’s worth bringing this to people’s attention. Since Idol and music in general have given me an opportunity to reach people’s lives, why not get the conversation started?”
That's so inspirational!
Watch his music video below, and let us know what you think of it in the comments!