title iconSanjaya Malakar comes out as bisexual: I didn't know while on American Idol

During the sixth season of 'American Idol,' Sanjaya Malakar became one of the most recognizable singers in the world. Now, the singer has revealed his sexual orientation in a new video. Take a look at what he had to say here and find out what he thought. He rose to fame on American Idol's sixth season in 2007 when he was just 16 years old. On August 22, Adam Sank, a podcast hosted by DNR Studios, announced his decision as a pastry chef and bartender.

Despite the media questioning his sexuality while he was on the singing competition show, as well as afterward when he became famous, he, too, did not know if he identified in a certain type of way, which was important since he already had a long-term relationship with a woman. It was very strange for me at the time because I didn't know, which is the reason why it was so weird for me at the time.

Sanjaya said before he became a television star, his sexuality had been questioned. My dad is from India and grew up in a temple, so I have always had difficulty understanding how he should behave as a boy since he is from India and grew up in a temple. Therefore, both my mom and her sisters are Italian-Americans, and I was already an awkward show kid from a young age due to my mom's A-type personality. In response, he said, "I am not sure I understand," he replied. Everyone tells me I’m gay, although I am only 7 years old and I don’t have any attraction toward anyone. So, why are you telling me this? "

The situation also caused Sanjaya frustration, especially when he was trying to determine what statement would be most appropriate regarding his love life. He mentioned that as a child, he was exploring the possibilities of his life, and then American Idol came along, and everyone was like, 'Oh, that guy's gay. 'And then I said to myself: 'OK, now I've got to say no because at this point they're forcing me to define myself and make a decision,'" he shared.

During the course of his publicists' guidance, he faced similar concerns. I was told by all my publicists, "Just tell everyone you're single.". Keep it vague. "You shouldn't disclose anything because you don't want to lose your fans," the musician said. "So I wondered, "Why do I manipulate my identity to gain fans?"