Ben Platt Gets Thanks Ellen DeGeneres For Inspiring Him To Be His Authentic Self

Ben Platt paid a visit to “The Ellen DeGeneres Show”, and the openly gay star of the Broadway hit “Dear Evan Hansen” had some heartfelt words for the host about being able to be be honest about his sexuality in his new music video for “Ease My Mind”, in which he shares some romantic moments with actor Charlie Carver.

“That’s a very new thing for me,” he told DeGeneres of the video, which also served as Platt’s public coming out.

“I’ve never had the opportunity, in my work or in my art, to discuss my sexuality or my relationships, so to have an opportunity to do that through something personal and through my piece of work has been wonderful,” he added.

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The 25-year-old “Pitch Perfect” star went on to praise DeGeneres for the inspiration she provided through her own trailblazing efforts when she famously came out in 1997.

“I am very inspired by you, because… in the way that you discuss your sexuality and your relationships, it became part of the art,” he added. “[It’s] part of what makes you so funny, and so fantastic, and not in replace of. That was just really inspiring to me.”

Platt also explained that he was concerned that his coming out as openly gay would eclipse his music, but was pleasantly surprised when that didn’t happen.

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“I think, hopefully, we’re past the time where it’s gotta be this whole giant announcement,” he said. “It can just be part of who you are and part of the work.”

Platt’s album Sing to Me Instead drops on March 29; in advance of the release, Platt performed a track from the forthcoming album, “Temporary Love”. Watch:

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