LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA: In a recent interview, Jason Mraz said he helped come to terms with his sexuality by overcoming the “guilt” and “shame” surrounding his divorce from ex-wife Christina Carano.
In 2023, the Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, who came out in 2018 while married to Carano, was included on the Out100 list, which honors “the most successful LGBTQ+ personalities most influential and pioneering women of the year.
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Mraz credits his ex-wife for encouraging him to explore his sexuality, although the two separated in June 2023 after eight years of marriage.
Jason Mraz had sexual experiences with men while dating Christina Carano
In a recent interview with GLAAD, Mraz opened up about how his divorce from Carano complicated his process of coming to terms with his own bisexuality.
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The “Have It All” singer, 46, said: “I had to play out a lot of other scenarios before I got here. It’s both difficult to do them and to unravel them, and what I’m basically describing it as a divorce. You know?”
“And it’s very hard. You carry a lot of shame and guilt,” Mraz added.
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According to Mraz, discovering his true identity on his own was a result of their divorce.
After his 2015 marriage to Christina Carano, Mraz revealed in a 2018 Billboard interview that he engaged in sexual activity with men even while they were dating.
At the time, he admitted to wondering if he was gay, but Carano clarified that by calling him “two-spirit.”
Mraz said in the interview, “She calls it ‘two-spirit,’ which is what Native Americans call someone who can love both man and woman. I really like that.”
Singer Jason Mraz and his ex-wife Christina Carano (Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images)
Mraz was engaged to singer-songwriter Tristan Prettyman before marrying Carano, but they agreed not to marry until same-sex marriage was “legal and equal.”
They ended their relationship less than six months after their engagement began, according to the New York Daily News.
Jason Mraz spent time healing his past relationships
In 2018, the “I’m Yours” singer revealed that he spent a lot of time reconciling his previous relationships after coming out as a member of the LGBTQ community, according to the New York Post.
Mraz, who is competing on Season 32 of “Dancing With the Stars,” says his acceptance of his new self was also made easier by competing for the Len Goodman Mirrorball Trophy.
“All day long, you look in the mirror, and it can be difficult for anyone, any human being, to accept looking in the mirror,” Mraz remarked.
“On top of that, my partner is asking me to move in a way I’ve never moved before, and my reaction is, ‘I look stupid.’ “
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Elsewhere in the interview, Mraz said it was “nice to be recognized” and that this year’s Out100 list was “as hot as the Billboard 100!” The most notable personalities of the LGBTQ+ community are in the spotlight on this list.
Mraz, who is currently competing with partner Daniella Karagach on Season 32 of “Dancing With the Stars,” said the show’s producers were initially attracted to his dance-heavy music video for “I Feel Like Dancing.”
The musician admitted that although he enjoyed the trip, he didn’t expect the experience to be as emotional as it was.
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