These chart toppers set aside their musical talents for a moment to take center stage for another reason: to come out of the closet.
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Frank Ocean's career was in the balance after he announced on his Twitter page that he was once madly in love with a boy. The budding star hadn't released a proper album before taking a risk that most celebrities save until well into success.
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British singer Mika came out in the September 2012 issue of Instinct
Magazine. Three years ago he said he was bisexual in an interview, but admits that it wasn't entirely correct, since he hates to label himself.
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Ricky Martin's sold more than 60 million albums worldwide and was nominated for one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World by People magazine in 2000. Martin came out in 2010 in a heartfelt letter on his website.
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Clay Aiken, the former 2003 American Idol
runner up, multiplatinum recording artist and Broadway star, confirmed longstanding rumors that he is gay in a 2007 after an interview with Diane Sawyer. He's now the father of a beautiful boy Jaymes Foster.
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Adam Mitchel Lambert's goth glam image began on the stages of American Idol
Season 8, as the show's first openly gay contestant and has since warned our hearts and the Billboard charts.
"I am gay, and I'm very proud of who I am," former boyband singer Mark told Gay.com UK. He came out in 2005, confirming rumors about his relationship with former V singer Kevin McDaid.
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Before his career as a solo recording artist, Billy Porter's dynamic vocals on the Broadway stage in the popular productions "Grease" and "Smokey Joe's Cafe" drew an ever-growing fan base.
Former *NSYNC member and once hopeful astronaut Lance Bass confirmed rumors that he was gay and in a relationship with Amazing Race winner Reichen Lehmkuhl after the New York Post
reported that he and Lehmkuhl were seen at a gay bar.
This Australian Idol winner topped the Australian charts in 2004 before coming out three years later in a magazine interview. "I have no issue with my sexuality now but it's taken time to become confident with who I am," he said.
Boy George is best known for his 80s glam and DJ success throughout the 90s. He later teamed with friend Rosie O'Donnell to score the musical Taboo
, which was based on his life.