With his recent set of singles, singer and actor Ben Platt has been more open than ever about his sexuality. For example, in the video for one of his more recent tracks, “Ease My Mind,” Platt’s love interest is played by actor Charlie Carver, and the two are seen regularly flirting and expressing their love throughout the video.
On the latest episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Platt spoke about getting the opportunity to be open with the world about his identity as a gay man. “That’s a very new thing for me,” he said. “I’ve never had the opportunity, in my work or in my art, to discuss my sexuality or my relationships, so to have an opportunity to do that through something personal and through my piece of work has been wonderful.”
The 25-year-old singer went on to thank DeGeneres for her candor throughout her career, crediting her honesty about her sexuality as an inspiration for him to follow suit. “I am very inspired by you, because … in the way that you discuss your sexuality and your relationships, it became part of the art,” he said. “[It’s] part of what makes you so funny, and so fantastic, and not in replace of. That was just really inspiring to me.”
Platt also voiced his joy that his open reference to his sexuality through his music has been “encouragingly innocuous,” saying he was concerned the hype would overshadow his music. “I think, hopefully, we’re past the time where it’s gotta be this whole giant announcement,” he said. “It can just be part of who you are and part of the work.”
Ben Platt’s album Sing to Me Instead is out March 29. Watch the full clip of Platt’s interview on The Ellen DeGeneres Show below: