In a heartfelt Instagram post, the 22-year-old Upstate New York native shared with his followers that after years of not knowing there were "more options besides gay and straight," he is now ready to publicly share his bisexuality with the world.
"Since I have not publicly said this in a post, I wanted say that I am bisexual," Fredericks wrote. "When I was younger I thought I was straight, because I was more attracted to women, and I didn’t know there were more options besides gay and straight. So I just assumed I was straight. I am privileged and have never been discriminated against for my sexuality or ashamed of it. I’m truly sorry for any of you who have been, and I hope it gets better."
"I’ll probably lose some fans over this post, but that’s fine with me," he concluded.
Fredericks' coming out was met with lots of love and support from fans in the comments section of his Insta post.
"It is your life, Sawyer. Your music and voice are why I am a fan. Your life is yours to live. I hope your post helps others who are battling with their sexuality," one user wrote.
"If you lose a fan over this, they were never really a true fan," wrote another. "Mad respect for you to be able to speak your truth."
Fredericks made a name for himself back in 2015 when he was part of the eighth season of NBC's reality singing competition The Voice. Fredericks was just 15 years old at the time of his blind audition, and after wowing the judges with a rendition of Ray LaMontagne's "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow," went on to compete in the competition for Team Pharrell where he ultimately won the grand title.
Congrats on living your truth, Sawyer! Welcome to the family.