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Diplo tells fans “I might be gay” just before emergency plane landing

When you’re in an emergency, staring down an uncertain fate, it’s not a bad idea to get things off your chest. What have you got to lose?

When famed musician Diplo found himself flying in a jet with a heavily cracked windshield, he took the opportunity to hop on Instagram and tell fans he’s gay. Or rather, he “might be gay.”

“My jet window just cracked open and the pilots are wearing masks so not sure ill make my shows tonight but they left the wifi on so I’m just going to sit in the back and smoke toad venom and Vlog. I just bought this cool vest in Dallas at a thrift store,” he captioned a set of two photos from inside the plane.

“Also i never told you this but I might by gay,” he added.

He later updated the post, writing:

Update : we landed and no one died I still might be gay but I’m definitely not going to tye die anymore jets..

Ah, that clears it up.

But before you roll out the coming-out cake — you know, the oversized novelty one that Ellen Degeneres pops out of with boom box and everyone starts dancing, which is fun at first but turns terrifying when people realize they’re physically unable to stop  — it’s worth mentioning that many people have interpreted the gay comments as a film reference.

In Cameron Crowe’s 2000 film Almost Famous, the fictional bandmates all spill their secrets when they fear their plane is about to crash. The drummer calls out “I’m gay!”

Diplo’s comment still led to speculation online (what doesn’t these days?) and he later noted that his sexuality seemed to be of greater public interest than whether he was breathing or not.

“Ok so we landed in Colombus and everyone asked me if I was gay not if I was safe just FYI,” Diplo wrote in one comment below his post.

But he is definitely still breathing. “I’m still breathing,” he later posted to his Instagram story, “I’m OK.”