Tevin Campbell has opened up about identifying as gay. During an interview on the People Everyday podcast, he said, “I didn’t hide anything about me. I didn’t try to act a certain way or anything.”

He continued, “You just couldn’t be gay back then. When I came out to my family and friends at about 19 or 20, that was it for me. And then I went on the road of discovering myself. I didn’t know who I was.”

Tevin said that he spent six years performing in the Broadway musical Hairspray and he credits that time for a lot of his growth. He said, “That was a great time in my life.”

He also discussed openly queer black artists like Frank Ocean and Lil Nas X. “It wasn’t like that in the ’90s. But I’m glad I get to see it. I’m glad that’s changing. There are a lot of kids, especially young Black boys, that need to see representation.”

He added, “They’re not being taught to love themselves because of who they are.”