Conan Gray is a former YouTuber turned musician who released his debut studio album, Kid Krow, in March 2020. Gray started his YouTube career at the age of 9. His mainly posted vlogs revolving around his life in Georgetown, Texas. He also posted song covers on the channel, and gradually, his music gained global recognition.
His first EP under Republic Records, Sunset Season, gained over 300 million streams online. His breakthrough single, Maniac, earned over 100 million streams and was certified Platinum in Australia.
Conan rejected the gay tag and stated that people should stop trying to put a label on his sexuality
Conan’s sexuality became the subject of speculation after he became a global megastar. Gray has been asked on multiple occasions by fans and interviewers to reveal his sexuality, but he expertly dodges the questions.
However, he rejected the gay tag and stated that people should stop trying to put labels in his sexuality. “Y’all are so annoying all y’all ever wanna do is place a label on me just let me fuckin exist what the fuck,” Conan wrote on Twitter.
Gray is quite intent on keeping his sexuality private. He addresses his love life in his songs, but he is careful not to use pronouns that might reveal which gender he is talking about. Gray wants people to enjoy his music and stop trying to confine him to a certain sexuality. He wrote on Twitter:
“Here’s the fucking deal. If labels on sexuality and gender and beliefs and all that great stuff are helpful for u, I’m all for it. U do u. But the second you start trying to shove everyone else into a neat little easy to understand box, I get mad. Stop! Please! Fucking Stop!”
Conan’s most recent song video Heather details his struggle to look perfect for a high school crush who didn’t love him back
In January 2019, Conan told Billboard that he’d had a miserable love life, and that he was yet to have his first kiss. He promised his fans that his 2020 album would reveal all of his secrets, and it didn’t disappoint.
In The Story, he talks about a pair of best friends who refused to confess their feelings for each other because they were afraid of each other’s reactions. In Checkmate, Conan swears vengeance on two lovers who dump him to date each other. The song’s video shows Conan try to hang on to a boy and girl who have feelings for each other.
Perhaps the most candid song about Conan’s love life is Heather. He recently released the video for the song, which talks about his struggle to emulate a girl (Heather) that his high school crushed loved. Gray told VMan that he had a crush on a person for four years, but that person only had eyes for Heather. The song’s video displayed Conan’s efforts to try to get the attention of his crush by emulating Heather. He said:
“Anything to be loved back by the person I loved. Anything to be their first choice. The slow transformation throughout the video was made to represent the feminine and masculine traits I constantly switched between in order to become who I knew my crush would like. Somebody soft and sweet. Somebody like Heather.”