Joshua Bassett opens up about his sexuality: 'I'm happy to be part of the LGBTQ+ community'


Joshua Bassett, who stars as Ricky in “High School Musical: The Musical: The Series,” spoke candidly about his sexuality in a recent interview with GQ.

“I’m happy to be a part of the LGBTQ+ community because they embrace all,” he said. “Don’t let anyone tell you love isn’t love. They’re the ones who probably need it the most.”

Bassett, 20, hinted about his sexuality in a video segment last month with Clevver News, in which he called Harry Styles “hot” and “charming” and said, “I guess this is also my coming out video.”

It was unclear whether he was kidding at the time, but Bassett clarified to GQ that he “wasn’t joking.”

He also said he’s not in a rush to label himself.

“There are plenty of letters in the alphabet ... Why bother rushing to a conclusion?” he said. “Sometimes your letter changes, sometimes you try a different one, other times you realize you’re not what you thought you were, or maybe you always knew. All of these can be true.”

The Disney+ star also talked about his “High School Musical” co-star, Olivia Rodrigo, who he was rumored to be dating at one point. Many fans think Rodrigo’s mega-hit single, “Drivers License,” was about their breakup.