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The Hunk from the 'Call Me Maybe' Music Video Isn't Happy with Playing Gay

Monday Jun 11, 2018

The shirtless hunk who appeared in Carly Rae Jepsen's massively popular music video "Call Me Maybe" said in a new interview that he doesn't "like being known as the gay guy" from the video.

Holden Nowell appeared alongside Jepsen, playing the pop star's crush. Despite her huge crush on Nowell, the video's twist ending shows that the hunk's character is actually gay. "Call Me Maybe," released in 2012, went on to be a huge hit, earning over 1 billion views on YouTube.

Speaking with iHeartRadio Canada, Nowell said he's still recognized as the guy from the "Call Me Maybe" video and he's over it.

"I was always the 'Call Me Maybe' guy, everywhere I went, and after awhile I got really sick of hearing that," he said. "It was really difficult for me and really frustrating."

He then explains he's frustrated that he was asked to kiss another man at the end of the video, which isn't shown in the final cut. Nevertheless, Nowell expressed he doesn't like being perceived as gay.

"The fact that they had to make me gay at the end of the video...it was all very...I didn't like being known as the gay guy in the 'Call Me Maybe' video. It was just something I wasn't used to," he told iHeartRadio Canada. "I'm not going to kiss a guy, especially for $500."

Nowell said he believes LGBTQ people should be allowed to love whoever they want but he still wasn't comfortable being asked to play a gay character in the music video.

"I think people should be allowed to love who they want to love, but I love women," he said. "There's no amount of money, no amount of fame that could ever make me...I couldn't do something that didn't feel right in my soul."

Nowell also discussed his career, saying prior to "Call Me Maybe," he was a model in New York but didn't appreciate the "predatory" behavior of some people in the industry.

"They pimp you out. You're basically a Geisha girl," he told iHeartRadio. "'Gay for pay' is literally what runs the male modeling industry and I don't get down like that."

He added that since appearing in "Call Me Maybe," he's launched a rap career under the name SixXx'Tre, adding that his album "Fade II Black" was released earlier this week. He said the album "is going to be the most groundbreaking iconic hip hop album since probably 'The Marshall Mathers LP.'"

Since the interview went live, Nowell took to Instagram to take issue with the iHeartRadio interview.

"I guess it's true what they say, there's no such thing as bad publicity... but man, this is pretty bad," he wrote. "Apparently I'm a narcissistic - bitter - slanderous gay bashing - Hitler loving - free thinking - outspoken - 'conspiracy theorist' who bags on his pops... Wait, but, aren't you?!?! I mean, aren't I?!?!"

He added: "#GottaLoveJournalists 'Thanks for the support, Asshole.'"


Click here to read his full iHeartRadio interview.

Revisit the "Call Me Maybe" video below.


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