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“Jason Mraz Discloses LGBTQ+ Identity in 2018 and Acknowledges Divorce from Wife Christina Carano Earlier This Year”
Jason Mraz is sharing insights into his journey toward self-acceptance after publicly acknowledging his LGBTQ+ identity. The 46-year-old singer, known for hits like “Have It All,” discussed with GLAAD how he has come to embrace his identity since coming out in 2018. Additionally, Mraz highlighted the role of his experience on Dancing with the Stars in contributing to his personal growth.
Reflecting on his path, Mraz mentioned, “I had to explore various scenarios before reaching this point. It’s challenging to engage in and untangle those scenarios. Essentially, it’s akin to a divorce, carrying a burden of shame and guilt.” In 2015, Mraz married Christina Carano, and in 2018, he revealed in a Billboard interview that he had experienced same-sex encounters while in a relationship with Carano. At the time, Mraz questioned his sexual orientation, and Carano described it as “two spirit,” a Native American term signifying an individual capable of loving both men and women.
Expressing appreciation for the term “two spirit,” which was used by his ex-wife Christina Carano to describe his sexual orientation, the Grammy-winning singer revealed his positive sentiment toward that characterization. However, in June, Jason Mraz announced the dissolution of his marriage with Carano.
During his conversation with GLAAD, where he was recognized in Out100, Out magazine’s annual list of influential LGBTQ+ individuals, Mraz emphasized the importance of reconciling with his past while simultaneously progressing towards self-acceptance and personal growth.
In reflecting on his journey, Jason Mraz expressed the challenge of simultaneously seeking reconciliation with past relationships while embracing his newfound acceptance and identity. He acknowledged the difficulty of this dual process, stating, “You want to heal as many relationships of the past as possible and at the same time, step into this new acceptance and new identity or whatever I’m claiming, and that’s also hard.” Being recognized on the Out100 list holds significance for him, offering a sense of acknowledgment.
Currently participating in season 32 of Dancing With the Stars with partner Daniella Karagach, Mraz shared that his dance-filled music video for “I Feel Like Dancing” initially drew the attention of the show’s producers. Despite not anticipating the emotional depth of the experience, he expressed enjoyment in the unexpected emotional journey of the competition.
Throughout his journey on Dancing With the Stars, Jason Mraz highlighted the emotional challenges of self-acceptance, noting that constant self-reflection in the mirror is universally challenging. He described the process of breaking through self-doubt during dance routines, acknowledging the initial discomfort that transforms into confidence, emphasizing that this journey parallels life itself.
Learning dance routines each week, for Mraz, serves as a metaphor for life’s unpredictable nature, where one might wake up feeling uncomfortable without a clear reason. He shared his personal experience of overcoming such moments by accepting himself, reconnecting with his body, and navigating life in ways that bring happiness and a sense of accomplishment. Mraz emphasized the transformative power of dance as a medium for self-acceptance and personal growth.
In June, Mraz released his latest album, Mystical Magical Rhythmical Radical Ride. During that time, he revealed that the album emerged from a challenging period marked by the death of his stepfather and his mother’s cancer diagnosis. Describing the album’s title, he expressed a positive outlook on life, viewing it as a mystical, magical, rhythmical, radical ride, emphasizing the importance of enjoying the journey.