When Greyson Chance was 12 years old, he made an appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show after his performance of Lady Gaga’s “Paparazzi” went viral, talking about the video and his love of music. Now, eight years later, Chance has returned to the show as a full-blown pop singer.
Chance appeared on Thursday’s (April 4) episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show to talk about his new album. Portraits. Chatting with DeGeneres, the 21-year-old singer opened up about why he left the music industry, saying that he felt burnt out at age 18. “I was creatively exhausted, and a bit beat down too,” he told the host.
Then, DeGeneres asked about Chance’s public coming out in 2017, where the star revealed he was gay in an Instagram post. Chance told the host that while he had already been out to his family, he decided to come out thanks to a fan who sent him a message online.
“There was this guy from Arkansas … and he told me his story and how he was going to have a much more difficult time than I ever did coming out to his family,” he said. “And at the end of the message, he put ‘I know you’re not gay, but I just want to let you know that your music really inspires me.’”
The star said those final words in his fan’s message showed him the importance of coming out, which led to his Instagram post. “I looked at myself, and I was like, ‘Come on, kid. Find that courage to do it, find the confidence,’” he said.
Check out Greyson Chance’s full interview with Ellen DeGeneres below: