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All-American Boy singer Steve Grand defends making song about gay falling for straight guy

All-American Boy singer Steve Grand defends making song about gay falling for straight guy

Steve Grand’s music video All-American Boy has gotten more than 2.3 million views since it went viral last July – but not everyone loves it.

The openly gay singer this week addressed critics who are unhappy that the song is about a gay man who falls for a straight guy and gets his heart broken.

Out.com asked Grand why he didn’t just make a video about a gay guy not loving him back.

‘Because this was my experience growing up. Many times,’ Grand says. ‘I grew up in a predominantly heterosexual world. Most of the crushes I had were straight men. Gay men were not visible. I wanted to tell a story that had been burning inside me.’

‘It’s a universal human story – unrequited love. Gay or straight, we’ve all been there. When I started writing music, I was always writing about that. I was always crushing on someone I couldn’t be with.’

Grand has quickly attained hunk status with a muscular body and handsome face. But he was not always so coveted.

‘You should see my pictures in high school. I was kind of weird,’ he admits. ‘I had long hair that covered my face. I’m passionate, so everything I was feeling was always played out on a grand scale. I wore the same Paul McCartney T-shirt every day. I’d go home and wash it, then wear it again.’