Grammy-winning DJ opens up about his sexual identity and TikTok’s influence.
Grammy-winning DJ and music producer Diplo recently shared candid thoughts about his sexuality and the impact of TikTok on his life. In a conversation on a podcast, the artist, known for his work with Major Lazer, Jack Ü, and Silk City, delved into his For You page on TikTok and how it may have helped him realize he’s “not, not gay.”
Who is Diplo?
Diplo, born Thomas Wesley Pentz, is an American DJ, music producer, and songwriter. He gained prominence as a music producer in the early 2000s, working with notable artists such as M.I.A. Over the years, Diplo has produced and collaborated on various successful tracks, including “Lean On,” “Where Are Ü Now,” and “Electricity.” He’s known for his versatile style, incorporating elements of various genres such as EDM, dancehall, and pop.
TikTok’s Influence on Diplo’s Self-Reflection
During the podcast, Diplo revealed that his For You page on TikTok has featured videos of men chopping wood. Emily, the podcast host, then asked if this was how he discovered he might not be entirely straight. Diplo admitted that he found the wood-chopping men “kinda sexy,” but wasn’t sure if that would “set [him] over into the gay side totally.”
Defining His Sexual Identity
When pressed further about his sexuality, Diplo said, “I don’t want to define that I’m gay but I think the best answer I have is I’m not, not gay.” He acknowledged that there are some men he thinks he “could date,” but added that he’s “not really aroused by men that much.”
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Changing Attitudes Toward Sexuality
Diplo also reflected on the evolving societal attitudes toward sexuality. He recalled how, when he was young, being gay was considered “weird.” Today, he appreciates the more open and accepting environment that allows for exploration and self-discovery.
Diplo’s Gay Revelation
In the candid conversation, Diplo also made an oral sex revelation, which was shared by Emily on TikTok. He said, “I’m sure I’ve gotten a blowjob from a guy before.” When Emily asked for clarification, he confidently responded, “Yeah, 100. For sure.”
Continuing the discussion, Emily asked, “And you just don’t remember? You’re not committing to it, but you’re saying it for sure happened.” Diplo reaffirmed, “For sure.” He then added, “I don’t know if it’s gay unless you make eye contact while there’s a blowjob happening…getting a blowjob is not that gay.”
When discussing his preferences, Diplo stated, “I’m more of a vibe guy.” Emily responded with, “Vibe over gender?” and he agreed, saying, “Yeah.” The Grammy-winning artist’s honesty and openness contribute to ongoing conversations about sexual identity and self-discovery in the public eye.
Diplo and the LGBTQ+ Community (A Timeline)
- 2015: Diplo collaborates with Madonna on her album “Rebel Heart.”
Madonna, a longtime advocate for LGBTQ+ rights, worked with Diplo on various tracks for her “Rebel Heart” album. This collaboration showcased Diplo’s willingness to support and work with artists who champion LGBTQ+ rights.
- June 2016: Diplo plays at Pride Festivals and supports the LGBTQ+ community.
Diplo has performed at numerous Pride festivals, such as the 2016 LA Pride Festival in West Hollywood. He has also been an ally to the LGBTQ+ community through these events and other public engagements.
- November 2017: Diplo collaborates with Pabllo Vittar on the song “Sua Cara.”
Diplo’s collaboration with Pabllo Vittar, a Brazilian drag queen, and singer, demonstrates his commitment to working with diverse artists from different backgrounds and identities.
- October 2018: Diplo shares a photo with RuPaul on Instagram.
Diplo posted a photo on Instagram with RuPaul, a prominent figure in the LGBTQ+ community and host of “RuPaul’s Drag Race,” further showcasing his support and connections within the LGBTQ+ community.
- March 2023: Diplo opens up about his sexuality in a podcast interview.
In a candid conversation, Diplo discusses his sexuality and states that he’s “not, not gay.” This moment highlights his willingness to be open about his sexual identity and contribute to ongoing conversations surrounding sexual identity and self-discovery.
It’s crucial to respect and support Diplo’s journey as he continues to explore and discuss his sexual identity. This timeline illustrates his openness and ongoing support for the LGBTQ+ community throughout his career.