Carly Rae Jepsen’s slick pop tunes have made her a favorite among gay audiences, and now, the “Call Me Maybe” songstress says the admiration is mutual.
Describing a 2013 performance at the White Party in Palm Springs, California as “one of the best times,” Jepsen, 29, tells PrideSource’s Chris Azzopardi that she lives for the energy she receives from her gay fans.
“I’ve always felt, when we go to wherever it might be — a festival or something along the lines — it’s just a different kind of energy,” she said. “Everyone is so joyful and you feel all of that as a performer. There’s just a mutual lovefest going on for me anytime I can get in front of a crowd like that.”
Jepsen, who is currently promoting her new album, ”E*MO*TION,” said that she didn’t expect the gay twist ending of her “Call Me Maybe” video to generate the buzz that it did in 2012.
”I think there was so much going on with that video and with that song that my life was sort of being flipped upside down … it was just a nice thing to hear that it was making a positive impact, but there was no intentional motive,” she said, before revealing some bad news for gay fans of the video’s hunky, shirtless star: “I’m sorry to inform you that I think he’s actually straight.”
The Canadian-born performer also said that moving to the U.S. made her realize “how big of an issue” LGBT inequality is, and inspired her to become a staunch advocate. In 2013, she canceled a performance at the Boy Scouts of America’s National Scout Jamboree because of the organization’s controversial ban on gay participants at that time. But that’s been just the tip of her advocacy work.
“When we got marriage equality and there was a celebration for that in New York City, it was an honor to be a part of that. I can’t explain it,” she said. “There are some performances that you do and you’re like, “That was cool, that was fun.” That one was different fun. It was so memorable and an incredible thing to be a part of.”
To read the full PrideSource interview with Carly Rae Jepsen, head here.
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