Sanjaya Malakar Of American Idol Fame Comes Out As Bisexual, Says He Didn’t Know During Season 6

Sanjaya Malakar attends the

Sanjaya Malakar attends FOX’s ‘American Idol’ Farewell Season Finale at Dolby Theater on April 7, 2016 in Hollywood, California.

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Former American Idol Finalist Sanjaya Malakar talks about his sexuality and viewers’ perception of him during Season 6.

In a new interview at The Adam Sank Show podcast, Malakar shared life updates, reflecting on his racing experience American Idol and spoke about the pressure surrounding his sexual identity.

The 32-year-old local artist from Seattle auditioned for American Idol in 2006 along with his sister Shyamali, who was eliminated during Hollywood Week — while Malakar advanced to the season’s Top 40 contestants. Despite fans voting him into the top 10, the then 17-year-old Malakar’s vocal performances were heavily criticized as “absolutely horrible” by judge Simon Cowell.

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Between his vocal abilities, harsh reviews, and the unique ponytail-mohawk hybrid hairstyle he sported on the show, Malakar became the subject of jokes by many viewers and comedians at the time. In addition, the contestant’s sexuality became a topic of discussion among viewers, many of whom assumed that Malakar was gay and was hiding his identity.

Speaking to host Adam Sank, Malakar set the record straight. “I identify as bisexual,” said the former musician, who now works as a pastry chef and bartender. “The hour [that I was on American Idol]I didn’t know, that’s why it was so strange to me.”

He explained that growing up he was “raised by women” and participated in the theater. “I had a hard time figuring out how to interact with young boys because my dad was from India and he grew up in a temple, so I never said ‘that’s how you are boy,'” Malakar said on the DNR Studios podcast. . “And then, my mom is a Type A personality, Italian-American and [so are] her sisters and my sisters and all that, so growing up I was already the awkward theater kid.”

“I always got along with theater guys. I always got along with gay guys and girls, so I was like, ‘OK, these are my people,'” he added. “But I don’t know. Everyone keeps telling me I’m gay and I’m like a 7. I’m not even attracted to anyone, so why are you telling me that?’

Sanjaya Malakar during the

Sanjaya Malakar during the “American Idol” Top 12 Finalists Party – Arrivals at Astra West in West Hollywood, California, United States.

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While competing in the American IdolMalakar said he was in a serious relationship with a long-term girlfriend: “I was exploring my life as a child and then American Idol happened and everyone was like, “Oh, he’s gay.” And I said, “Okay, now I have to say no, because at this point they’re forcing me to make a decision and define myself.”

He recalled, “At the time, that was a big thing, too, because I grew up in an era where the worst thing that could ever happen to you was being called a f—-t in school. to be as hyper- masculine to fit in, and when it came out in 2007, it was like, “Being gay is fine, but you have to define yourself, and there’s this or that.”

The group surrounding Malakar during the American Idol The term did not help the process of understanding his sexuality. “All the reporters said to me, ‘Oh, tell everyone you’re single. Be ambiguous. Nobody needs to know anything about anything because you don’t want to lose your fans,” she said on the podcast. “And I’m like, ‘Okay, but why am I manipulating what I know about myself to figure out what kind of fans I’m going to get because I’m still trying to discover who I am?”

Malakar feels comfortable and confident about his sexuality today, although he hasn’t spoken to his parents. “For me, at this point I don’t really care what people know about my sexuality, and if I was in a serious long-term relationship with a guy, I’d bring him into my family and they’d be like, ‘Oh cool.'”

“My family isn’t the kind of people I really have to come out to,” he continued, noting that it can be difficult to bring a woman home after she expresses that she likes men too. “Some of my cousins ​​are also two and have brought home gay partners and then come and marry someone else. It’s made a big deal, and it’s not.”

He continued, “Unless it’s something serious, it’s really none of their business. I don’t try to understand any of them. I’ll reach out to people if it’s a situation like this, but if I don’t try — you, it’s okay, you’ll know if do”.

On the subject of his current relationship, Malakar recalled telling Sank during their pre-interview that he was seeing someone — but on the show, he retracted the statement.

“Well, actually, the day of our pre-interview I had just gotten back the night before from my best friend’s wedding and reconnected with someone I knew from a long time ago who seemed interesting — and then I flipped my car two and a half times. ” said Malakar, who was not injured in the accident. “So I’m not sure if this is a sign to slow down. I do not know. Yes, I’m single, but it’s complicated all the time.”

Malakar also told his much publicized time American Idol it didn’t exactly help his success in the bedroom.

“It’s bad because I enjoy the thrill of a chase and I don’t like to feel like I’m being beaten—I’m being beaten because [of American Idol]. I’m also a bartender, so I don’t like to fall for someone who’s out to get me because I’m a bartender,” he revealed. “I have a lot of self-esteem issues and I really like to be sure that someone cares.”

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