AceShowbiz - Dwight Howard has finally broken his silence on the ongoing speculation about his sexuality. During a two-part interview on Fox Sports 1's "Fair Game", the Memphis Grizzlies center denied that he's gay after a man claimed on social media that they had been engaged in a romantic relationship.
"I'm not gay," Howard said. "It's a lot of people who are and they have to hide, and there's people who have mental issues and they have to hide. There's people who have different problems in life and they have to hide. They have to put on the mask every day, and it's like, I don't wanna wear no mask, I just wanna be."
But people on the Internet don't believe him in the slightest bit, even going as far as accusing Howard of lying in the interview. "I am a professional liar and I can tell he's lying," a convinced Instagram user said, as someone pointed out that the interviewer also didn't believe Howard's denial. "She looking at him with that I know you lying face," that user wrote.
There was also an individual who claimed that Howard was seen in videos "touching your partner on the bench" to prove that the athlete wasn't telling the truth. "It's 2019 live in your truth it was too many receipt for it not to be true," another noted, as some others thought that he might be bi. "He right Because being 'Ghey' is one thing & being 'Bi' is something else! Lord they shoulda let me do this interview!" one commented.
Last November, Masin Elije posted a Twitter thread claiming that he used to date Howard before he cheated on him with other gay men. After their relationship ended, Elije claimed that Howard and his pastor went so far as to harass, shame and even threaten him into signing a non-disclosure agreement that forced him not to make their relationship public.
Elije later filed a lawsuit against Howard, who countersued in April and denied the allegations.
Talking about the incident during the Fox interview, Howard admitted that it "just set me free." He added, "People were talking about, and it upset me because I didn't even know who the person was. Why would somebody who I never met, never had any contact with, make up a whole story about me? I saw all the hate, the pure hate, from the people that I've never met before, just pile up everywhere I went."