Japanese Singer-Songwriter Shinjiro Atae Publicly Comes Out as Gay

J-Pop singer-songwriter Shinjiro Atae revealed his sexuality to the world during an event.

On July 26, Shinjiro Atae from AAA, a 5-member Japanese pop group signed to the label Avex Trax, officially came out as gay to over 2,000 fans during a free fan event at Line Cube Shibuya in Tokyo. The same day, he also published a long post on his Instagram, informing everyone who was unable to attend the latter event about it.

To all my fans, today was a very special day for me. For years, I struggled to accept a part of myself… But now, after all I have been through, I finally have the courage to open up to you about something. I am a gay man.

It has taken me a long time to be able to say I am gay. I could not even say it to myself. However, I’ve come to realize it is better, both for me, and for the people I care about, including my fans, to live life authentically than to live a life never accepting who I truly am. I hope people who are struggling with the same feeling will find courage and know they are not alone.

I held this event today because I wanted to tell as many of you as possible directly. For those unable to attend I will be posting my full speech on my website tomorrow so you can hear the news in my own words. The link is in my bio (English subtitles available).

When I think of my work in the entertainment industry and the many things for which I am grateful, it is my relationship with my fans that first comes to mind. I thank you guys from the bottom of my heart for standing beside me over the years. I’d also like to thank my family, friends, staff members and my fellow AAA members for providing me their full support throughout this process.

Scrolling throughout the comments, the singer-songwriter has received warm acceptance and support, and wishing him all the best from fans all over the world. What do you think about this news? Share your thoughts in the comment section below!

 

 

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