Former American Idol Season 6 contender Sanjaya Malakar insisted he is not gay on Tuesday’s episode of I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!
The subject of Sanjaya’s sexuality was brought up after Janice Dickinson suggested the 19-year-old should put on some “guy-liner.”
“I just feel like she wants you to be gay or something,” Holly Montag — with whom Sanjaya is obviously smitten — remarked after the incident.
“She really does. Like, yeah, a lot of people want me to be their gay best friend and I make a really good gay best friend, but I, don’t like guys, so it confuses people,” Sanjaya explained.
Sanjaya may not be gay, but he can identify with the alternative community.
“I connect with gay people really well because we understand each other I’m like, ‘Hey!’ and they’re like, ‘Oh, hey!’ and I’m like, ‘No, but I’ll hang out with you,” the singer said.
“I do hair and I’ll sit in the corner and knit, so it confuses people,” he said. “A lot of my friends refer to me as their ‘straight gay best friend’ because we’ll go do things that stereotypically you would do with a gay guy.”
The young man believes people sometimes question his sexuality because of how he grew up — as well as his attention to manscaping.
“I’m not like that classic, stereotypical macho guy that’s like, ‘Oh yeah! Oh, she’s hot. I wanna get in her pants!'” he said. “I’m not that kind of guy. I was raised by women so I kind of have a connection with my feminine side, but I’m attracted to women so it’s like, people like to kind of throw that at me, like, ‘Oh, you must be gay’ but I’m like, ‘Whatever, gay people are awesome.'”