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03/25/2015 04:06 pm ET Updated Feb 02, 2016

Josh Groban Talks Gay Bear Fans And Rumors About His Sexuality

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Along with a special hat tip to his gay fanbase, Josh Groban addressed longstanding speculation over his sexuality in a new PrideSource interview.

"Honestly, if I were gay, I would have had no problem saying it from day one," the 34-year-old singer told PrideSource's Chris Azzopardi. "I would have nothing to hide if that were the case. People have speculated, have wanted to speculate -- whatever, fine. I'm not gay, but if I were, I don't view it as a bad thing."

Groban, who is dating "Two Broke Girls" star Kat Dennings, nonetheless recalled the time he first became aware of his many fans in a very specific subset of the queer community.

"I was at some kind of shop, and I was walking around with someone -- it was probably my girlfriend," he said. "And this guy comes up to me and goes, 'Hey, I just want you to know, the bears love you.' I'm like, 'Excuse me? What?' And I didn't know what that meant! I'm like, 'Are you a baseball team?'"

Praising the arts as "a community where I felt there was acceptance and friendship regardless of our own personal lives," Groban nonetheless went on to express his longstanding admiration for RuPaul. (Dennings appeared on "RuPaul's Drag Race" as a guest judge)

"I mean, RuPaul [is] incredible," he said. "The influence she's had on everybody is just amazing, and then you see the competition."

Groban has previously denied rumors about his sexuality on Twitter in a tongue-in-cheek way:

You can read the full PrideSource interview with Josh Groban here. Groban's new album, "Stages," is due out April 28.

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