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Isaiah Rashad Comes Out As Sexually Fluid, Addresses Leaked Sex Tape

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Isaiah Rashad is opening up about his sexuality and publicly coming out as sexually fluid.

In case you missed it, back in February of this year, the 31-year-old emcee was, unfortunately, the victim of a sex tape leak. Explicit videos circulated online showing Rashad both giving and receiving oral sex from men, effectively outting him to the world, and though he addressed the leak in April during his set at the annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and thanked his fans for their unwavering support of him during such a difficult time, he had yet to open up about how he identifies.

But now, in a recent, Patreon-exclusive interview with media personality and fellow rapper Joe Budden that was released on Thursday, Rashad is publicly defining his sexuality —and this time, it's on his own terms.

"So I have to ask you," Budden says to Rashad at one point in their chat. "You said your family knew, your grandparents knew, your girl knew, but for the people who didn't know, how do you identify today?" 

"I'd say I’m sexually fluid," Rashad replies.

"What does that mean?" Budden then asks.

"I’m still learning about it myself," Rashad says. "I’m putting my head in the books to find out the basics of it. But basically, I'm not in full control when I walk into a room of who I'm attracted to."

He continued:

"Just because I grew up in high school I dated this type of person, in college dated this type of person, it doesn't mean that as an adult it's always going to be, like, specific. But I'm more so attracted to a personality, and I'm attracted to the intellect. And sometimes it's just being attracted to somebody."

Elsewhere in the interview, Rashad also said that he is currently not seeking legal action against the person who leaked the tapes, saying that while the whole situation was unfortunate, the aftermath saw he and his family becoming closer than they've ever been.

"I haven't even been thinking about it, honestly," Rashad told Budden. "I been just keeping my mind together and it's a time for my family to come together. Out of everything, it's been a blessing that with that happening, and my grandad dying a couple of days afterward, and my grandma going through what she's going through, it's been a concentration of family together, more than they had been before. So if anything, I can't be mad at everything about it. Always gotta look at the brighter side of stuff."

You can watch and listen to Rashad's full interview with Budden on Budden's official Patreon page

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