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Disney “High School Musical” star Joshua Bassett comes out

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Disney actor Joshua Bassett just came out as queer in a video and then a statement posted to social media.

Bassett, who stars in the series High School Musical: The Musical: The Series, gushed over musician Harry Styles in a YouTube video.

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“I think he’s a nice guy,” Bassett said about Styles. “He’s just cool. Who doesn’t think Harry Styles is cool? Also, he’s hot, you know? He’s very charming too. Lots of things.”

He then got a bit nervous.

“This is also my coming out video, I guess,” he said.

That was yesterday, and a few pop culture websites were left asking if he really came out or if that was an actual joke. And now he has cleared that up with a statement posted on Twitter.

“My entire life people have told me my sexuality,” he wrote in his statement. “People have shamed me for things they know nothing about.”

“Love who you love shamelessly,” Bassett continued. “It’s ok to still be figuring out who you are.”

“Life’s too short to let ignorance and hatred win. I choose love.”

He did not specify exactly how he would describe his sexual orientation, and his fans are already pointing out that he owes no one an explanation.

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