The bounced Idol sets the record straight (pun intended) in this weekÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s People Magazine.
<blockquote><div>IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve always gotten along with girls better because I was raised by women. [As a result] I got teased in school because people figured I must be gay because I understand women. I think thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s why guys didnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t like meÃ¢â‚¬â€because I got along with girls so well. When I went up to girls they would give me a hug and a kiss on the cheek like I was their gay friend. But I was the straight guy that understood them.</div></blockquote>
His mother backed him up:
<blockquote><div>HeÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s very sensitive. He understands how to interact with women.</div></blockquote>
So, you know, totally not gay!