Singer Omarion was the hot topic over the weekend when an “official” press release was issued confirming his bi-sexuality. The release was said to be the R&B singer’s response to former B2K bandmate Raz B’s allegations that he is a gay man.
The entire situation prompted this response from me:
Apparently the “official” press release that was issued was a hoax… concocted by non other than Omarion’s former label, Sony Music!!
According to Jawn Murray of AOL Black Voices:
A rep for singer Omarion has confirmed to BlackVoices.com that a press release circulating on the internet claiming that he formally announced he is “bisexual” is a hoax.
The internet was abuzz Saturday afternoon when several online blogs posted what appeared to be a press release serviced on behalf of Omarion (real name: Omari Ishmael Grandberry) addressing his sexuality.
The unedited press release read: “I pride myself in being an honest, God Fearing, respectful man. I have kept my personal life private and wanted to keep it that way. Unfortunately, other’s are interested in profiting from my anguish; so before they can do that, I will clarify things. I am not at all what certain ex-band members are trying to paint me as, I am however a respectable, mature, proud, bisexual man.”
The fake press announcement was attributed to Sharron Wright at Sony Music; however BlackVoices.com reported exclusively on April 19, 2008 that the singer was no longer affiliated with the label. (See: ”O’ No: Singer Omarion Dropped By Record Label’)
The 26-year-old former B2K member’s rep, Francoise Blachette of The Purple Agency, promptly responded to BlackVoices.com inquiry for comment on the matter.
“The previously released statement regarding Omarion is false and was generated for negative publicity by an unknown person. Omarion will not contribute to anything negative said or done against him. Omarion respects all of his fans, no matter religion, sexuality, or race,” she said in a statement.
Omarion took to his Twitter page to respond:
So there you have it. Omarion says he loves women. Case closed…