Diplo Doesn’t Necessarily Think It’s Gay That Another Man Went Down on Him

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DJ and music producer Diplo just revealed that he has had sexual encounters with men before, but that he doesn’t categorize these experiences as automatically making him gay.

“I’m sure I’ve gotten a blowjob from a guy before… For sure,” he said to actress and model Emily Ratajkowski on her podcast High Low. “I don’t know if it’s gay unless you like may eye contact while there’s the blowjob happening.”

Ratajkowski retorted that this was “such a straight guy thing to say,” but Diplo remained certain. “Getting a blowjob’s not that gay, I think,” he said. (Oh, and all of this was happening as a tangent from their original conversation about Bill Clinton. Which feels apt somehow.)

Later in the interview, Diplo told Ratajkowski that while he definitely does not identify as gay, that isn’t to necessarily say that he doesn’t look at men (or at least, a small number of men) as potential romantic or sexual prospects.

“I think the best answer I have is I’m not not gay. There are a couple guys… I could date, life partner-wise,” he said, going on to describe himself as somebody who is more attracted to “vibe” than “gender.”

This isn’t the first time Diplo has spoken about his own sexuality, stating that “everyone’s a lil gay” in a Reddit AMA. He is also a friend and collaborator of Orville Peck, the masked country star whose music is rife with homoerotic iconography.

Ratajkowski herself has previously expressed her own belief that sexual attraction is not a fixed binary, telling Harper’s: “I think sexuality is on a sliding scale. I don’t really believe in straight people.”

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Philip Ellis is a freelance writer and journalist from the United Kingdom covering pop culture, relationships and LGBTQ+ issues. His work has appeared in GQ, Teen Vogue, Man Repeller and MTV.

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