In an interview with Rolling Stone, American Idol’s Season 6’s ponyhawked teen troubadour Sanjaya Malakar revealed that he is bisexual.
Sanjaya, now 32 years old, made his television debut in 2006 on the groundbreaking series Idol.
The news was first shared on Monday’s episode of The Adam Sank Show.
Sanjaya told Sank, “I identify as bisexual.”
Sanjaya had always known he landed on the right side of the Kinsey scale, but “at the time of American Idol, I had a serious long-term girlfriend.”
The popular verdict during the sexuality rumors involving the attractive 17-year-old was “gay.” Sanjaya was forced to make a choice.
“All right, I guess I have to say ‘no’ now, because they’re making me make a choice until I find my identity.”
All of my publicists are telling me, ‘Oh, just tell everyone you’re single, be ambiguous,’ you know? “You can’t risk losing your fans by letting them in on any of the details,” they said. And I thought to myself, “Okay, but why am I manipulating what I know myself?” in order to predict the demographics of my future fanbase? Simply put, I’m still on a quest to find out who I really am.
“Because when I was a kid, being called a fag in class was the worst thing that could happen to you,” she said.
Sanjaya’s Idol journey taught him more about the entertainment industry in this regard.
The pastry chef and bartender from Montana who came in seventh on the show saw firsthand how contestants are coached to perform well regardless of their actual abilities.
The notorious ponyhawk style is an illustration.
In his own words, “I would literally go to Dean, the hairstylist, I would go to his studio the day or two before, and he would have like four or five mannequin heads with wigs on them with hairstyles and be like, ‘What do you think?'” Sank was informed by Sanjaya.
My mother went in and said, ‘This is ridiculous,’ the week the stylist came up with the ponyhawk pompadour, which is why I don’t have it anymore. There is no humor in my son. There’s no way I’ll let him go around acting like a moron.
Reality TV viewers may recognize executive producer Nigel Lythgoe from his role as a judge on So You Think You Can Dance. According to Sanjaya, Lythgoe convinced him and his mother to cut their hair short because he promised it would be a “media phenomenon.” Lythgoe was absolutely correct.
How does Sanjaya currently style his hair?
I can’t even comb my hair because it’s all gone. I lost my hair due to anxiety and processing too quickly. My head, however, is quite pleasing in its form.
When LGBTQ Nation asked Sank why he chose him to share his story, he said, “I think the reason he decided to speak to me, perhaps, is because I don’t have people on my show to humiliate him.”
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