Rumors about Johnny Gill's sexuality have been circulating for so many years that it's hard to pinpoint when exactly the gossip started. In an interview with omg! Insider, the New Edition member and solo star says he's heard it all, including rumors that he was romantically involved with Eddie Murphy.
Johnny says he doesn't know why people would question his sexual orientation. "For the life of me [I] never, never understood where it came from, why it lasted as it's lasted," he says. Johnny says that before sites like Twitter and Facebook existed, fans relied on gossip magazines for information about stars.
"Whatever they say it was like that was the truth. People believe whatever it was," he tells omg! Insider. "But I don't feel as bad anymore, because when I go on the Internet everybody's gay…I've just always been a very private person."
The singer says he's had a girlfriend for the past five years, but at the beginning of their relationship, she revealed to him that she'd heard the rumors about him and Eddie, too. Johnny reveals, "I'm like, 'Do you believe it?' She says, 'No, I just hear everybody just keeps saying,' and I said, 'Let me tell you something. Here's what we are going to do…'"
The singer says that he searched the phone book and found someone who would set him up with a lie detector test. "I wrote down questions, I made her write down questions…When the guy called back with the results and we both laying there in the bed. Tears came down…I would never want to lay next to someone that might even remotely have any doubt or question of who I am," Johnny tells omg! Insider.
In 2011, Johnny released his sixth studio album, Still Winning.
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