Opening The Closet Door: 8 Singers Who Had To Deal With Speculation About Their Sexuality

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Tevin Campbell

R&B singer Tevin Campbell was introduced to the world by Grammy winning producer Quincy Jones in 1989 with his first single “Tomorrow (A Better You a Better Me)” topping the Billboard R&B Charts. A teen idol in his own right, Campbell also achieved success with the singles “Can We Talk,” “Tell Me What You want Me To Do,” and “Ready.” Though their were murmurs about his sexuality before the fact, people really started speculating after an arrest in 1999 where he was caught by an undercover male cop soliciting “lewd acts.” He plead no contest to the charges, paid his fines, and had to attend Narcotics Anonymous classes as well as an AIDS awareness course, but his career fell off at that point. While many people believe that he is openly gay, in an interview he claims that he could care less what people think of his sexuality. Well, at least he stands out now.

“That’s nobody’s business. If someone is interested in me and they wanna be my friend or whatever, then we can talk. It’s nobody’s business what I like to do behind closed doors, ……And I like the fact that people wanna know. Let ‘em wonder. I like to leave a little bit to the imagination. But if you happen to get to know me and we hit it off… I share a lot of personal things with friends, which is a normal thing to do.”

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