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People are pissed at Aaron Carter for pulling bisexual publicity stunt

In case you haven’t heard, Aaron Carter is back in the closet. Or perhaps he was never in nor out of it to begin with. It’s unclear.

After coming out as bisexual last year, the 30-year-old pop star said this week that his comments were “misconstrued” and that, actually, on second thought, he’s really only interested in women. Psyche!

Speaking to Hollywood Life, Carter said:

Yeah, no. It was more so just a story that happened when I was like 17 with somebody, and I can find men and women attractive, but when it comes down to it, I think it was a little misconstrued. I see myself being with a woman and having kids. I want to have a family. I keep telling people that. I don’t want it to be misconstrued too much just because I was open about a story.

That’s quite a reversal from last August, when he said:

This doesn’t bring me shame, just a weight and burden I have held onto for a long time that I would like lifted off me. I grew up in this entertainment industry at a very young age and when I was around 13-years-old I started to find boys and girls attractive. There were years that went by that I thought about, but it wasn’t until I was 17-years-old, after a few relationships with girls, I had an experience with a male that I had an attraction to who I also worked with and grew up with.

Or even what he said just a few months ago, when he told the LGBTQ&A podcast:

I definitely embrace my bisexuality and, you know, it’s still new to me. I just started talking about it, really. I have my confusions and I’m still learning about the community.Who knows what the future has to bring, whether it’s a relationship with a guy, I don’t have a problem with that.

People on Twitter aren’t pleased with Carter for what many now feel was just a publicity stunt:

Lewis Oakley, an opinion writer for Pink News, calls the situation “problematic” and says Carter is “portraying the worst assumptions people already have about bisexuals”–that they’re indecisive, wishy-washy, dishonest, etc.–but, he adds, it could very well be that Carter is just struggling to figure out his sexuality.

He writes:

This issue isn’t uncommon in the heads of bisexuals, not knowing the gender of the person you will end up with is unnerving – you actually can’t plan for the future.

I dare say many bisexuals try to make a ‘decision’ about gender but in time come to see that they don’t have that control.

Perhaps this is a rite of passage for bisexuals. You have to come to terms with the fact that until you put a ring on it, you won’t know the gender of the person you’re going to spend your life with.

Related: Aaron Carter says he isn’t actually bisexual, that whole coming out thing was “misconstrued”