This apparently means that he can be attracted to just about anybody. Brady describes it as “Bisexual — with an open mind!”
The television host broke the news to his 20-year-old daughter, Malie, and ex-wife, Mandie Taketa. Both are reportedly supportive of his newly declared lifestyle.
At one point in the conversation, Brady acknowledged that in the past he had told himself that “nobody needs to know [his] personal business,” and that the “world can absolutely go without knowing that Wayne identifies as pan.” Nevertheless, Brady ultimately decided he had “to break that behavior” and come out after pondering what it feels like “to actually not be shameful, to not feel like, ‘Oh, I can't be part of this conversation because I'm lying?’”
Brady spoke more in-depth about his new identification. “In doing my research, both with myself and just with the world, I couldn't say if I was bisexual, because I had to really see what that was, especially because I really have not gotten a chance to act on anything,” he explained.
“So, I came to pansexual because — and I know that I'm completely messing up the dictionary meaning — but to me, pan means being able to be attracted to anyone who identifies as gay, straight, bi, transsexual or non-binary. Being able to be attracted across the board.”
Brady said that he figured out this “is the proper place,” and that he “took pan to mean that not only can I be attracted to any of these people or types physically, but I could be attracted to the person that is there.”
Other revelations include that Brady credits the death of late-comedian Robin Williams in 2014 as a huge influence in helping discover his pansexuality, and that while he has “been attracted to certain men in my life.” He clarified, “I don’t think I’m gay.”
To conclude his interview with People, Brady asserted that because “I'm doing this for me,” he can now be “the best dad that Maile needs,” in addition to “the best friend to” his former wife, Mandie.
In the past, Brady appeared for a segment on The Daily Show With Trevor Noah in which he joked about an online troll who had called him gay.
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